River Gee County
River Gee is one of Liberia’s southeastern counties. It is the former region known as lower Grand Gedeh County. The county has six districts. Its provincial capital is Fish Town. River Gee is measured in land as 1,974 square miles (5,113 sq. km). It is considered the third least populated county in Liberia due to its population size of 66,789 people as of the 2008 national census. River Gee which gained its county status in 2000 A.D. is the tenth largest county in Liberia.
River Gee is bordered on the west by Sinoe County, on the east by La ‘Cote d’Ivoire along the Cavalla River, on the north by Grand Gedeh and on the south Maryland and Grand Kru Counties. The county has average tropical forests with hills and valleys. The forests receive very high rainfall between 120 inches to 160 inches annually. The upland areas of county are fertile for rice cultivation and low areas are good for the production of yams, eddoes, potatoes, vegetables, coffee, cocoa, sugarcane, rubber, etc.
River Gee hosts the Glaro Reforestation Project with the provision of the National Plantation area of 2,493.02 acres (1,008.89 hectares). The county also shares the burden of the National Proposed Reserve of the Grebo Forest with Grand Gedeh County, which is estimated as 240,030 acres (97,136 hectares) as part of the national preservation of nature program in Liberia.
Historically from 1933, River Gee and Grand Gedeh Counties were separate districts; River Gee drawn out of Webbo District and was administered by Maryland County and Grand Gedeh drawn out of the Tchien District was administered by Sinoe County. This combination of these two districts was known as the Eastern Province, by 1964, the two districts were transformed as Grand Gedeh County.
Fish Town is the provincial Capital of River Gee County. The population of the township of Fish Town is about 3,328 people according the national census of 2008. Fish Town got its name from the river on whose bank the town is built; Neslemkon which means fish town.
The mean activities of livelihood of the people of Fish town are subsistence rice farming and natural fishery or water hunting. There are local mini businesses operated by local entrepreneurs in Fish Town.