About the Refuge

About the Refuge

Pond Creek Refuge was originally named Cossatot National Wildlife Refuge in 1994 but was then changed in 1997 to retain the area's local name - "Pond Creek Bottoms".

Refuge Purpose

Pond Creek NWR was established under the authority of the Emergency Wetlands Resources Act of 1986, which calls for “...the conservation of the wetlands of the Nation in order to maintain the public benefits they provide and to help fulfill international treaty obligations contained in various migratory bird treaties and conventions....”. The Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Act of 1996, which authorized the transfer of land from Weyerhaeuser Company to the Service, requires that the refuge “...recognize the important public purposes served by non-consumptive activities, other recreational activities, and wildlife-related public use, including hunting, fishing, and trapping.” The refuge “...shall permit, to the maximum extent practicable, compatible uses to the extent that they are consistent with sound wildlife management, and in accordance with the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee) and other applicable laws.”

Other plans incorporated include: providing habitat for wintering waterfowl in the Red River-Sulphur River-Little River Unit in southwest Arkansas under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan; providing habitat for neo-tropical migrant songbirds under the Bird Conservation Plan for the West Gulf Coastal Plain; providing habitat for shorebirds under the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan for the Lower Mississippi/Western Gulf Coast; providing habitat for wading birds and other waterbirds under the North American Waterbird Conservation Plan; and managing wildlife and habitat to partner with the Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan.