A 15-year comprehensive conservation management plan for the Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge, located 55 miles north of Texarkana, Arkansas, has been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This plan outlines a vision for both the management and improvement of the refuge and specifies how one of America=s newest refuges, established in 1994, will be developed to conserve wildlife.
"The 27,300-acre Pond Creek refuge protects the largest remaining tract of bottomland hardwoods along the Little River," said Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director. "our vision is for Pond Creek to become a Amodel refuge that protects and manages biological diversity for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations."
The plan, developed by a team consisting of representatives of the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, The Nature Conservancy, and Arkansas agencies such as the Game and Fish Commission, the Department of Parks and Tourism, the Cooperative Extension Service, as well as local community members, proposes to accomplish the following: $ increase protection of threatened and endangered species;
As required by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, an overriding concern reflected in the plan is that wildlife has first priority and that recreation and other uses are allowed as long as they are compatible with wildlife conservation. Copies of the document are now available by writing to the Jim Johnson, Refuge Manager, Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge Complex, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 1157, 5531 Highway 82 West, Crossett, Arkansas 71635; or by calling 870/364-3167.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System comprised of more than 500 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries, 64 fish and wildlife management assistance offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state wildlife agencies.
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