American coots

A group of American coots run along the water.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Tallahatchie is managed under the North Mississippi National Refuges Complex Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP). This CCP includes Coldwater River, Tallahatchie, and Dahomey NWRs. Under this plan, Tallahatchie NWR is managed to provide sanctuary and habitat for migratory birds, specifically wintering waterfowl. This objective is achieved by managing forested wetlands and moist-soil. The refuge is also managed to provide habitat for a variety of non-game birds and other native wildlife.

    The old oxbows and low-lying fields along Tippo Bayou are permitted to flood each winter and hold large concentrations of waterfowl. Some of the agricultural fields have been left fallow and most of the remaining acreage has been reforested through planting efforts by Complex staff.

    Read our Comprehensive Conservation Plan for North Mississippi National Refuges Complex.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997: The NWRS Improvement Act defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges, and requiring that each refuge be managed according to a CCP. The NWRS Improvement  Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands and that the Secretary shall ensure that the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of refuge lands are maintained. Each refuge must be managed to fulfill the specific purposes for which the refuge was established and the System mission. The first priority of each refuge is to conserve, manage, and if needed, restore fish and wildlife populations and habitats according to its purpose.

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