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Great River
National Wildlife Refuge


black-crowned night heron perched in tree
County Road 206
Annada, MO   63330
E-mail: greatriver@fws.gov
Phone Number: 573-847-2333
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/great_river/
The Great River Refuge has been designated as a globally important bird area and provides habitat for birds such as this black-crowned night heron.
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  History
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The division is General Plan Land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under a cooperative agreement signed in 1963. In 1986, another cooperative agreement was signed with the Corps of Engineers adding the 1,450-acre Bear Creek Unit to the division.

Funds from the sale of migratory waterfowl stamps were used to acquire fee title land in 1965 and 1976 for the 1,737-acre Delair Division. The division lies completely within the 52-mile-long Sny Agricultural Levee District and is separated from the river by the main-line Sny levee.

Fox Island Division is the most recent addition to Great River Refuge. Once again, fee title land was purchased with funds from the sale of migratory waterfowl stamps in 1989, 1996 and 1997. Purchases made in the 1990's were in response to the record flood in 1993, which created an opportunity to purchase many hard-hit floodplain areas from willing sellers.

Great River Refuge also administers two fee title tracts that were formerly Farmer's Home Administration easements. These lands include the 38-acre Winters tract in Lewis County and the 80-acre Owens tract in Clark County in Missouri.

 
 
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