Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge protects the largest remaining stand of Longleaf Pines north of the state’s coastal plain.  The land formerly belonged to Anniston’s Fort McClellan, which was closed by the U.S. Army in 1999. Established as the Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge in 2003, the ecological importance of the refuge is clearly related to its geographical location on a southern outlier of the Blue Ridge Mountains and provides interesting birding opportunities. The Southern Appalachian region is believed to support the most biologically rich temperate forest in the world. This narrow southerly extension of the Blue Ridge is sandwiched between the Ridge and Valley to the west and the Piedmont to the east. learn more

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