Central Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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Central Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex Comprehensive Conservation Plan

The Central Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex covers Bald Knob, Big Lake, Cache River, and Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuges.

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Comprehensive Conservation Plan
Pintails in flight
Acquired as part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, this refuge provides a winter home for large concentrations of many species of ducks and geese.
Setting sun over Big Lake
The refuge was established in August of 1915 by Executive Order of President Woodrow Wilson to serve as an inviolate sanctuary, reserve, and breeding ground for native and migratory birds. It is one of the nation’s oldest refuges and is 11,038 acres in size.
Fall colors reflecting over Rainbow Lake
Cache River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1986 to protect significant wetland habitats and provide feeding and resting areas for migrating waterfowl.
Cypress knees among the skyline
Located only four miles west of the Mississippi River and 15 miles northwest of Memphis, Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is an important stopover for waterfowl traveling through the Mississippi Flyway and for neotropical songbirds as they migrate to and from Central and South America.
A bright blue sky obstructed by fluffy white clouds reflected off of a stream shot from inside a kayak
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 570 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.
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