The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is Georgia’s counterpart to Florida’s Everglades. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, built in 1937, protects the Okefenokee Swamp in the deepest south of Georgia, directly on the border with Florida, over an area of more than 1,000 km2. Here, more than 12,000 alligators and many other wildlife roam between wobbling peat layers and watercourses. The word Okefenokee comes from the Hitchiti-Mikasuki language and Means quaking Earth or bubbling water.
Wetland of international importance
The area of today’s Wildlife Refuge was already settled by the Seminoles around 2,500 BC. After these were expelled around 1840 and subsequent attempts to dry the swamp area for rice and sugar cultivation by the construction of the Suwanee River failed, the area was used for timber production. At the beginning of the 20th century, however, the value of this unique marsh area was quickly recognized. President Roosevelt personally designated it a wildlife refuge in 1937. The swamp is one of the largest intact freshwater ecosystems in the world and has been designated a Wetland of International Importance by the UN.
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