White River National Wildlife Refuge
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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


A flock of mallards in flight at White River

A flock of mallards in flight at White River. Photo: USFWS


About the Proposal

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking to enhance conservation in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley by expanding the White River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and improving connections with 4 National Wildlife Refuges, 10 State Owned Wildlife Management Areas, 4 State Owned Natural Areas, US Army Corps of Engineers lands, Arkansas Post N.M., and private conserved lands. White River NWR currently covers approximately 160,756 acres held in fee with an approved acquisition boundary of 172,457 acres. This proposal would expand the current acquisition boundary of White River NWR to include an additional 125,349 acres surrounding and south of the White River NWR. When combined with the current White River NWR acquisition boundary, this project seeks to protect a total of 297,806 acres both east and west of the White River and south of the mouth of the Arkansas River at the Mississippi River. If this proposal is approved, the refuge would be authorized to purchase lands within the expanded boundary only from willing sellers as funding allows.

For more information in a printable format, download the White River Expansion Brochure.


News and Upcoming Events

From the Public Scoping Meetings

Download the presentation given at the May public scoping meetings (37.2 MB PDF)


Stay Informed

Please send questions or comments to Tina Chouinard:

  • Mail: Tina Chouinard, Natural Resource Planner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 49 Plainsbrook Place, Jackson, TN 38305
  • Email: Whiteriverexpansion@fws.gov
  • Fax: 731-664-1566


Proposed Project Schedule


The refuge is in the process of developing a draft Land Protection Plan and Environmental Assessment for public review and comment. The availability of these documents will be announced at a later date.

Last updated: April 10, 2014