Our Mission: Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge was established with the purpose of conserving, maintaining, and managing the wildlife, resources, and habitat within the refuge, as well as protection of endangered or threatened species. Felsenthal NWR is operated under the following management objectives:
- Provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and other birds;
- Provide habitat and protection for endangered species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, and the threatened American alligator and the protected bald eagle;
- Provide recreation and environmental education for the public; and
- Protect cultural resources
Established in 1975, Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in southeast Arkansas, approximately eight miles west of the town of Crossett. Named for a small community located at its southwest corner, this 65,000 acre refuge contains an abundance of water resources dominated by the Ouachita and Saline Rivers and the Felsenthal Pool.
This low lying area is dissected by an intricate system of rivers, creeks, sloughs, buttonbush swamps and lakes throughout a vast bottomland hardwood forest that gradually rises to an upland forest community. Historically, periodic flooding of the "bottoms" during winter and spring provided excellent wintering waterfowl habitat. These wetlands, in combination with the pine and upland hardwood forest on the higher ridges, support a wide diversity of native plants and animals.