The Friends of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge were organized to provide support for
the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge located in Bibb County, Alabama.
The group was formed with a specific mission in mind – to support the Cahaba River National
Wildlife Refuge in its efforts to protect, preserve, and restore its diverse, natural, and historic
resources in a manner which will enhance the educational and recreational aspects for the public.
The Refuge was established September 25, 2002 and the size currently stands at 3,600 acres.
The Friends of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge support the Fish & Wildlife Service
staff in its efforts to…
The management goals for the Cahaba River NWR are to maintain and improve the biological integrity of the
Cahaba River and adjacent systems. The refuge provides habitat for at least 12 federally listed threatened or
The forests, canebreaks and outcroppings along the rivers and streams of the Cahaba River
provide habitats for many species of plants and animals. Upland habitats show obvious effects of
past intensive use, yet, upland habitats continue to provide habitat for many bird species of
The CRNWR is currently unstaffed and relies heavily on local groups and volunteers to educate
the public. Volunteers are available to share the groups missions and goals.
Management goals are to maintain and improve the biological integrity of the Cahaba River and adjacent systems and, where possible, restore these systems to pre-settlement conditions. The
refuge management anticipates using prescribed fire, timber harvesting, tree planting, and
other tools to restore altered lands.