Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge was authorized on June 26, 1990 under the Emergency Wetland Resources Act of 1986. The refuge will eventually encompass 35,000 acres. Management emphasis is placed on acquiring land, restoring habitat and providing opportunities for the public to experience and learn about the Cache River Wetlands. Major habitats on the refuge include bottomland hardwood forest, cypress tupelo swamp, herbaceous wetlands, deep water habitats and canebrakes. Due to the ecological significance of this region, the wetlands on the refuge were designated a RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance.
The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.
Everywas created for a special purpose. Some were created to protect migratory birds, others to protect threatened or endangered species or unique habitats, while others fulfill another special purpose. All activities allowed on refuges must be evaluated to make sure each activity will not conflict with the reason the refuge was founded.
The primary purposes of Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge are to:
- Protect, restore and manage wetlands and bottomland forest habitats in support of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan
- Provide resting, nesting, feeding and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds
- Protect endangered and threatened species and their habitats
- Provide for biodiversity
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- Increase public opportunities for compatible recreation and environmental education
June 26, 1990 - The refuge was authorized under the Emergency Wetland Resources Act of 1986