Resource Management

pine plantations

Forestry management is the primary tool used to restore habitat.  Approximately 4,000 acres of Plantation pines have been removed since 2004.  Natural regeneration has worked well in these areas as a wide variety of bottomland hardwoods have grown up in the cutover places.  These areas have been a haven for deer. 

Approximately 50 acres of moist soil units are used to provide an assortment of moist soil crops for wintering waterfowl and these same areas provide shorebird habitat as they are drawn down during early summer. 



Trapping Occurs on this Refuge

Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations. Click here for more information on trapping within the National Wildlife Refuge System.



Trapping Plans, Environmental Assessments, and Compatibility Determinations- are now available for public review and comment for South Arkansas Refuges Complex. The interested public has until April 18, 2016 to provide comment.

Click HERE for the official press release and how to comment.

The following plans are attached below:

South Arkansas Refuges - Trapping EA

South Arkansas Refuges - Trapping Plan

Pond Creek NWR - Trapping CD



Arkansas’ 10 National Wildlife Refuges Prohibit all Imported Firewood to Protect Forest from Invasive Species

 And the  Link: EAB Quarantine Map