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White River National Wildlife Refuge Acquisition Boundary Expansion Proposal

A boy that caught a fish

A fishing rodeo at White River. Photo: USFWS


A map of the expansion boundary

A map of the proposed expansion boundary. Image: USFWS


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tables Proposal to Expand the Acquisition Boundary of Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge

September 30, 2014
Contacts: Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-7291, tom_mackenzie@fws.gov

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has tabled planning efforts on its proposal to expand the acquisition boundary of Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge in central Arkansas.

“After careful consideration, we will not pursue a major boundary expansion at this time because we are focusing our future acquisition efforts in Arkansas at Cache River and Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuges,” said David Viker, Southeast Regional Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System. “We will devote the efforts of our talented staff on continuing to manage important habitat for hundreds of thousands of waterfowl and other wildlife for the enjoyment of the American people.”

The proposal would have allowed for the purchase of lands within the expanded boundary from willing sellers only. It also would have enabled the conservation of bottomland hardwoods and helped connect several state and federal conservation areas together over time expanding hunting, fishing, and wildlife-related activities like photography and wildlife observation.

Last updated: October 3, 2014