Celebrate Addition of Land to Tensas River Refuge
Through Innovative Carbon Sequestration Project
Refuge Was Site of the 1940s “last stand” for
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2005
Connie Dickard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 318-574-2664
or 601/941-6395 (cell)
Tim Ahern, Trust For Public Land, 202-255-0761
Suzanne Cousineau, Entergy, 504-576-4352
On May 23, conservation
partners will join to celebrate the recent addition of 2,900 acres
to the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and tour a model wildlife
conservation project at the refuge. Prior to the recent sighting of
the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Arkansas, the Singer Tract, which is now
part of the Tensas refuge, is the location of the last sighting of the
species in 1944.
- Renae Conley, President and
CEO of Entergy Louisiana
- Don Morrow, Senior Project
Manager for Trust for Public Land
- Marshall Jones, Deputy Director,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Representative for U.S. Senator
- Representative for U.S. Congressman
- Tolbert Williams, a refuge
employee who was born in the area prior to the disappearance of the
last Singer Tract Ivory-bill, will also be available to describe what
the refuge was like when the “Lord God Bird” was
Monday, May 23, 2005
10 a.m. – Project Briefing; 10:30 a.m. - ceremony/media availability
11:15 a.m. – tour of reforestation and remaining mature forest
Tensas River National Wildlife
2312 Fred Morgan Senior Road, Tallulah, LA
Refuge is approximately 60 miles east of Monroe, LA and 35 miles
west of Vicksburg, MS. From Monroe on I-20: Exit 157 (Waverly) and
turn left on to Highway 577. After approximately 2 miles, turn right
on to Highway 80. Drive 8 miles and turn right on to Fred Morgan
Senior Road. Go 10.5 miles (gravel then pavement). The visitor center
and headquarters is on the left.
From Vicksburg on I-20: Exit
171 (Tallulah) and turn right on to Highway 65. Go 2 miles to Tallulah.
Turn left between the court house and Popeye’s
on to Highway 80. Drive 8 miles, turn left on to Fred Morgan, Senior Road.
Go 10.5 miles (gravel than pavement). The visitor center and headquarters
is on the left.
- Entergy, the Trust for Public
Land, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service have partnered to add more than 2,900 acres to Tensas River
National Wildlife Refuge. Entergy has invested 1.5 million to acquire
the land and to reforest and manage the property. This is part of the
four-year, $15.7 million Chicago Mill Lumber Company project by the
Trust for Public Land and FWS, which will add 11,000 acres to the refuge
and reforest more than 8,600 acres.
- Strong support from the Louisiana
Congressional delegation has been instrumental in the funding effort.
Both Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter and Congressman Alexander
support this project as well as former Senator John Breaux.
- The partnership combines
the cutting-edge science of sequestering carbon from the atmosphere
with land conservation. This innovative strategy may be the key to
protecting the threatened floodplain of the Lower Mississippi River.
- As part of the partnership,
Entergy will retain the right to report carbon sequestration credits
which may derive from their reforestation efforts.
- The Lower Mississippi River
floodplain forest is one this country’s
most threatened ecosystems. More than 17 million acres of forestland have
been lost since the early 1900s due primarily to timber harvest and conversion
- The 70,000-acre Tensas River
National Wildlife Refuge protects 55,000 acres of bottomland hardwoods.
Woodpecker Fact Sheet -- (pdf)
For more information, including photos, visit:
U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Carbon sequestration, http://www.fws.gov/southeast/carbon/;
Entergy Corporation, http://www.entergy.com/corp/;
Trust for Public Land, http://www.tpl.org