Friends of White River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1993 by a group of conservation-minded hunters, fishermen, wildlife watchers, and outdoors enthusiasts. Their goal is to promote, protect, and conserve the largest remaining tract of bottomland hardwood forest in the Mississippi River Alluvial Valley, which is Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).

Friends of White River National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. is an independent, non-profit 501c-3 corporation dedicated to increasing public outreach opportunities for the Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge, located in Arkansas, Monroe, Desha, and Phillips counties, in the state of Arkansas and to provide local support through production of brochures, newsletters, creation of a website and individual participation by members in activities designed to enhance the use and significance of the White River NWR.

Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge Friends and volunteers are dedicated to supporting the refuge by assisting with the following goals and opportunities:


  •  Foster the refuge use and enjoyment by the public, consistent with the protection and conservation of the environment, and engage in such educational, scientific, and civic activities to assist the refuge. 
  • Promote public awareness about the importance of preserving and protecting this unique network of bottomland forest, rivers, and wildlife so that its value is fully recognized and appreciated by current and future generations. 
  • Fund-raise through grants, online sales, memberships, donations, community partnerships and a variety of special events that enhance the refuge. 
  • Inform elected officials and the public about refuge issues and benefits of the National Wildlife Refuge System. 
  • Provide opportunities and coordinate volunteers for refuge event, research, maintenance work parties and educational programs. 
  • Support the stewardship of our national wildlife refuge. 
  • Promote the preservation of the historical resources of the refuge. 

Join, volunteer, or donate by visiting our Friends website.

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Other Partners:

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission 

Potlatch Conservation Education Center at Cook's Lake 

Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation 

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 

Ducks Unlimited 

The Nature Conservancy 

Great River Road 

National Wild Turkey Federation 

Delta Waterfowl