|For Immediate Release
April 17, 1998
Contact: Diana M. Hawkins
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE MOVES TO ACQUIRE
ADDITIONAL LANDS FOR CACHE RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to preserve and protect up to 114,900 acres of additional wildlife and waterfowl habitats for Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Arkansas. According to the Service's Southeast Regional Director, Sam D. Hamilton, the Service is proposing to acquire and manage the land as part of the refuge in an effort to restore the ecological and hydrologic functions of the Cache River watershed.
Hamilton noted that the land is located within the ten-year flood plain of the lower and middle Cache River Basin, including Bayou DeView, in Jackson, Monroe, Prairie, and Woodruff Counties, Arkansas and that the Service has completed a final environmental assessment and land protection plan that recommends the acquisition of the project lands through a combination of fee title purchases from willing sellers and through partnership projects, conservation easements, and cooperative agreements with landowners.
The proposed refuge expansion would also facilitate the restoration of a series of connecting corridors of bottomland hardwoods, an important component of the biological diversity historically found in the ten-year flood plain.
"The expansion of Cache River National Wildlife Refuge will protect a tremendous diversity of fish, waterfowl, and wildlife habitats along the ten-year flood plain of the Cache River and its major tributary, Bayou DeView," said Hamilton. "I am pleased that the project is being made possible through the cooperation and support of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and numerous landowners and local citizens."
Copies of the final environmental assessment and land protection plan are now available and can be obtained by writing to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Realty, 1875 Century Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia 30345 or by telephone at 1-800-419-9582.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages more than 94 million acres of land and water consisting of 512 national wildlife refuges, 65 national fish hatcheries, 38 wetland management districts with waterfowl production areas, and 50 wildlife coordination areas.
The agency also enforces Federal wildlife laws, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat, such as wetlands, administers the Endangered Species Act, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts.
Release #: R98-026
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