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National Wildlife Refuge

1562 Providence Road
Cruger, MS   38924
E-mail: yazoo@fws.gov
Phone Number: 662-235-4989
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Hillside NWR - Common Snapping Turtle
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Although the project was completed only 30 years ago, the Corps' "Hillside Project" is nearing the 50 year-estimated capacity for silt and sediment capture. This is contributing to an evolving forest community, especially on the north end of the refuge, where bottomland forest species like oak and elm have been replaced by black willow and cottonwood. Due to the continued silt deposition, the forest is steadily changing as the silt moves in a southward direction and high quality hardwood forest habitat disappears in its wake. To help offset the loss, nearly 1,000 acres have been reforested, and several hundred more are being allowed to naturally regenerate.

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