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About the Refuge

Bottomland Hardwood Forest

Our refuge is the largest remaining tract of bottomland hardwood-forested wetlands in the northwest portion of Mississippi.


Our Mission: The main purpose of Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge establishment is to provide for the habitat needs of migratory birds, with an emphasis on waterfowl. 

Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is the largest remaining tract of bottomland hardwood forest in the northwest portion of Mississippi outside of the mainline levee.  Located within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, the refuge was established in 1991 to provide habitat for migratory birds and protect wetlands.  The 9,691 acres which make up the refuge have been purchased from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), donated by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), and leased from the West Bolivar School Board (16th Section tract).  
Page Photo Credits — Stokes Trail, Dahomey NWR by A. Breland/USFWS
Last Updated: Jan 09, 2014
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