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Description - Between the Gulf's beach cheniers (oak ridges) and the coastal prairie lies a basin of wetlands that is one of the most productive and fertile areas of North America. This is where the river's fresh water and the Gulf's saline waters mix; where the abundance of all wildlife is dependent on the proportion of vegetation to water, with the amount of vegetation being the important ingredient. This area could be called an estuary, a marsh, a wetland; its name is Sabine National Wildlife Refuge.

Sabine encompasses three general types of marsh that are governed primarily by elevations. The ridges are of the highest elevation and range from a few inches to several feet above mean water level.

Grass is the major vegetation. The prairie marsh blends with the ridges from a lower elevation and supports mainly grasses and sedges. The low marsh is flooded a large percentage of the time and is vegetated by sedges, and submerged floating aquatics.

The primary management objective is to maintain and perpetuate Gulf Coast wetlands for wintering waterfowl from the Mississippi and Central Flyways. It encompasses 33,000 acres of impounded fresh marsh and 91,511 acres of brackish to intermediate marsh.

The refuge is one of the largest estuarine-dependent marine species nurseries in southwest Louisiana. Wetlands are maintained using prescribed burning, cattle grazing, and water level and water quality manipulation. There are over 115 miles of canals, 61 miles of levees, and 8 water control structures that are part of the complex water management operation.

Location - The refuge is located in Cameron Parish in southwest Louisiana.

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Report: Introduction Despite the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge’s location, it has more than seven canals, each with its own unique characteristics. Upgrading the status of this refuge can help many animals and plants that are endangered. The Sabine will get more protection. Not only that, but also many people will be happy about the promotion such as the wildlife specialists. This “upgrade” from a refuge to a national park will ensure the safety of the living things there. Such as the black bears and the alligators. One of the most productive and fertile wetlands in the whole North America is located in the Sabine. Originally this refuge was created to help benefit the birds in Louisiana. Now people from all over the world go there to see the diversity of the animals and plants. The Sabine is a place where the river’s fresh water and the gulf’s salt water mix. This refuge should become a national park because of its diversity in plants and animals. The Sabine National Wildlife Refuge is on the southwestern tip of Louisiana. It is near the Gulf of Mexico and is at the border of Texas. The boundary of the park is sandwiched by two lakes, the Sabine Lake and the Calcasieu Lake. This park is near freeway 82 and is intersected by highway 27 near the eastern side of the park. This one thousand twenty four five hundred eleven acre park is also near Lake Charles, a city that is located near freeway 171 and freeway 90. It is also eight miles south of Hackberry. Location is important. That’s why there it is near big cities, highways, and freeways. Being near highways and freeways guarantee easy access. The refuge is located in Cameron Parish in Southwest Louisiana. The Sabine is made up of wetlands and marshes. There are many canals that run up and down as well as from side to side in this park. Along with a few lakes, there is 124,511 acres of fresh and brackish marshes. There are over 115 miles of canals, sixty-one miles of levees (a river landing place), and eight water control structures that are part of the water management. Forty thousand acres of the marsh is a habitat for migrating birds. Low marshes are flooded a large portion of the time and full of vegetation, mainly grass. The Sabine encircles three types of marshes that vary by the elevation. The ridges are the highest elevation for the park and are several feet higher than the water level. The wetlands are maintained by using prescribed burning, cattle grazing, and water level and water quality manipulation. The Sabine is actually a basin of wetlands.

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Contact Information:
Sabine NWR, 3000 Holly Beach Hwy. , Hackberry, LA, 70645, Phone: 318-762-3816
, r4rw_la.sbn@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Louisiana's National Wildlife Refuges -

Sabine NWR - Official agency website


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