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Conservation in Arkansas

Threatened, Endangered and At-Risk Species

        The Natural State

        Home to mountains, rivers, lakes, caves and forests, Arkansas is renowned for its allure. Animals and plants alike flourish in this habitat, with more than 70 species of trees found in the forests. Today, only 20-25% of these ecologically important habitats remain.

        Fortunately, a patchwork quilt of bottomland hardwood forests are forever protected at Cache River, Wapanocca and Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuges. These places not only teem with wildlife, they reduce the impact of the Mississippi River system’s seasonal floods to downstream communities by providing areas to store floodwater. Bottomland hardwoods also serve as excellent habitat for migrating birds, like the prothonotary warbler, and provide year-round sources of food like berries, nuts and seeds. These hardwoods are also one of the last of their kind in the Mississippi Delta region, providing visitors with a glimpse into the past.

        Locations throughout the state are crucial for ducks and other migrating waterfowl seeking food and rest. In fact, the most important location in the world for wintering mallard ducks is Arkansas’ Cache River National Wildlife Refuge. Recognized as a Wetland of International Importance, the 67,000-plus-acre refuge plays a vital role in supporting healthy waterfowl, wading and shorebird populations. The refuge also provides recreational opportunities including fishing, boating, hiking trails, wildlife observation decks and seasonal hunts.

        Press Releases

        1. Sep 7, 2018 | 6 minute read

          Secretary Zinke expands hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 of America’s National Wildlife Refuges

        2. Aug 16, 2018 | 2 minute read

          Draft recovery plan for endangered Neosho mucket available

        3. A light brown fish with bright orange markings on the tops of its fins. Jul 5, 2018 | 2 minute read

          Recovery plan available for endangered yellowcheek darter

        4. Mar 20, 2018 | 4 minute read

          Secretary Zinke announces more that $1.1 billion for sportsmen and conservation

        5. A tiny yellow/orange frog with big round eyes. Mar 9, 2018 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of eight southeastern species

        6. A cluster of carnivorious plant heads with bright red/orange mouths. Dec 19, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Bat, snail, and popular plant may need endangered species protection

        7. A massive spinning cloud mass between Cuba and the Bahamas. Sep 9, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Irma aims at Keys, Georgia, Alabama

        8. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Jul 17, 2017 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service directs money to Southeast to fight bat disease

        9. A young woman in waders fishing in a shallow river. Jun 14, 2017 | 2 minute read

          Interior Secretary Zinke announces $1.1 billion in funding for state wildlife agencies; more than $243 million to Southeast U.S.

        10. Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison. May 19, 2017 | 3 minute read

          2017 Endangered Species Day Events

        11. A light brown fish with bright orange markings on the tops of its fins. Mar 6, 2017 | 5 minute read

          Draft recovery plan for endangered yellowcheek darter available

        12. A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam. Oct 6, 2016 | 6 minute read

          Endangered Species Act protection not needed for seven Southeastern species

        13. A black salamander with gray spots. Sep 13, 2016 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service to gather more information on two rare reptiles in the Southeast

        14. Wetlands with lots of tress and plants. May 4, 2016 | 3 minute read

          Cache River National Wildlife Refuge adds lands for wildlife conservation

        15. Flooded bottomland hardwoods swamp. Apr 25, 2016 | 1 minute read

          New for 2016-17, all permit sales will be conducted online

        16. A close up photo of a gray-silver salamander walking on a layer of wet moss. Mar 15, 2016 | 2 minute read

          Four Southeastern species do not require federal protection, two others under further review

        17. A black white and orange snake with red eyes coiled on fallen leaves. Sep 17, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service seeks more information on five species

        18. Three mussels in hand with identification numbers Aug 13, 2015 | 8 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service announces $37.2 million in grants to boost state endangered species conservation efforts

        19. A dark colored salamander with white spots on its stomach and sides. Jun 30, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Federal wildlife officials respond to a petition to list dozens of species under the Endangered Species Act

        20. A black bear marches across a farm field after a harvest. Jun 5, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Service Southeast Region formally ends the evaluation process for the possible use of genetically modified crops on national wildlife refuges

        21. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat. May 13, 2015 | 5 minute read

          Service awards more than $16 million to support clean waters and recreational boating through clean vessel act grants

        22. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. Apr 29, 2015 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service designates Critical Habitat for two freshwater mussels in 12 states

        23. Entrance sign at the hatchery. Mar 4, 2015 | 3 minute read

          Norfork National Fish Hatchery begins project to replace raceway drain lines

        24. An adult bald eagle soars in front of a bright blue sky Feb 15, 2015 | 2 minute read

          Reward offered for information on the killing of bald eagle in Arkansas

        25. A brown bird with long slender neck and legs takes flight. Nov 14, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Migratory bird conservation commission waterfowl, approves $28 million to conserve shorebirds and other species in 16 states

        26. A forest of trees with wide stumps emerges from a swamp. Sep 30, 2014 | 1 minute read

          Service tables proposal to expand the acquisition boundary of Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge

        27. A strange looking salamander with horns. Sep 22, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 27 Southeastern species

        28. A grass like plant with a large geometric shaped bulb. May 19, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 33 southeastern species

        29. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. May 13, 2014 | 5 minute read

          Service reopens comment period on proposed designation of Critical Habitat for neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot

        30. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. May 6, 2014 | 3 minute read

          Public comment to be reopened on proposed Critical Habitat for two federally protected mussel species

        31. Members of the bumper family gather around the new entrance sign to the Refuge. Apr 18, 2014 | 2 minute read

          White River National Wildlife Refuge renamed in honor of Dale Bumpers

        32. Children play with an aquarium. Dec 20, 2013 | 5 minute read

          Refuge therapy

        33. A wet brown frog with bright green round eyes on fallen reeds. Nov 19, 2013 | 3 minute read

          Landmark study reveals low national rate of frog abnormalities on wildlife refuges

        34. Panoramic view of a forested mountain range in Arkansas. May 14, 2013 | 3 minute read

          Service delists Magazine Mountain shagreen

        35. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. May 8, 2013 | 4 minute read

          Service estimates economic impacts and releases draft environmental assessment of Critical Habitat designation for neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot

        36. Biologists check a seine for chucky madtom fishes. Oct 15, 2012 | 3 minute read

          Service identifies habitat essential to five endangered southeastern fishes

        37. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. Oct 15, 2012 | 6 minute read

          Service proposes to protect neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot under the Endangered Species Act

        38. Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky. Apr 20, 2012 | 4 minute read

          Conservation effort in northern Louisiana is something to quack about

        39. A brown fish with red fins. Feb 10, 2012 | 3 minute read

          Service to hold public information meeting on proposed Critical Habitat for the yellowcheek darter

        40. A brown and black mussel with striations. Jan 19, 2011 | 2 minute read

          Service proposes Endangered Species Act protection for two freshwater mussels

        41. Wide based trees emerge from a swamp covered in green pondweed. Jul 2, 2010 | 3 minute read

          Salazar unveils special edition duck stamp cachet public can purchase to support Gulf wildlife refuges

        42. A green leafy tree with fuzzy green buds. Jun 1, 2010 | 3 minute read

          Ozark chinquapin may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act

        43. A boardwalk and surrounding forest submerged by flood waters. Nov 3, 2009 | 2 minute read

          Flooding closes all deer hunting on White River National Wildlife Refuge

        44. A prehistoric looking brown fish in a hand with a shovel shaped face. Sep 22, 2009 | 4 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service proposes Endangered Species Act protection for the shovelnose sturgeon

        45. A white breasted bird with a brown head and grey feathers. Sep 11, 2009 | 6 minute read

          Secretary Salazar announces more than $41 million to purchase wetlands and fund grants for migratory waterfowl habitat more than $7 million in waterfowl habitat grants approved for southeastern states

        46. A forest of felled trees some snapped in half after a tornado. Aug 7, 2009 | 2 minute read

          Tornado strikes White River National Wildlife Refuge

        47. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat. Jun 9, 2009 | 7 minute read

          Secretary Salazar announces boating grants to 28 states to help keep waterways clean

        48. A small brown fish caught in a stream sitting in a plastic bin for measurement. Jun 6, 2009 | 5 minute read

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 23 Southeastern species

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