National Wildlife Refuge
|1562 Providence Road
Cruger, MS 38924
Phone Number: 662-235-4989
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|Hillside NWR - Common Snapping Turtle|
Continued . . . Hillside's dominant habitats are hardwood forest bottomlands with oaks and cottonwood trees in the higher elevations, and willow, bald cypress and tupelo sloughs or "brakes" in lower elevations. Buttonbush, swamp privet, water elm and black willow grow in more shallow depressions. The refuge also includes early successional reforested areas on former agricultural lands.
Before Service ownership, approximately 3,573 acres of land was cleared for crop production. More than half of this land has been reforested, and future plans call for a further reduction of cropland to a level adequate to meet waterfowl management objectives. Twelve moist-soil units comprising approximately 650 acres provide foraging and wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl and waterbirds.
Approximately 200 species of migratory birds can be seen on the refuge. An island of habitat in a sea of agriculture, the refuge provides important stop-over and nesting habitat for neotropical migratory birds as one of the larger forested tracts in the Mississippi Delta.
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