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Ozark Cavefish
National Wildlife Refuge


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Lawrence County, MO   
E-mail: mingo@fws.gov
Phone Number: 573-222-3589
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/ozark_cavefish/
The refuge protects habitat for the endangered Ozark cavefish.
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  Overview
Ozark Cavefish National Wildlife Refuge

Ozark Cavefish National Wildlife Refuge, located twenty miles west of Springfield in Lawrence County, MO, was acquired in 1991 to protect a Federally endangered species, the Ozark cavefish. Turnback Creek Cave Spring and Hearrell Spring located on the two refuge parcels are the outlets of an underground streams known to contain populations of the endangered Ozark cavefish. The forty-acre refuge is managed by staff at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, in Puxico, MO.


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Wildlife and Habitat

The refuge provides critical habitat for declining populations of the Ozark cavefish, the gray bat and the brindle cave crayfish.

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History
Ozark Cavefish National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1991 with the purchase of a forty-acre tract located twenty miles west of Springfield in Lawrence County, Missouri. An additional 1.3-acre parcel was purchased adjacent to Neosho National Fish Hatchery. Recognizing the critical importance of the habitat, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service purchased the land to protect the cave spring located on Turnback Creek and Hearrell Spring in Neosho, MO.

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The refuge is closed to the public.




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Management Activities
Refuge staff protect habitat for the endangered Ozark cavefish by preventing human disturbance and maintaining by natural processes. Neosho National Fish Hatchery assists with management of the 1.3-acre parcel located in Neosho, MO.