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.

        News

        1. A light brown fish with bright orange markings on the tops of its fins.Mar 6, 2017

          Draft Recovery Plan for Endangered Yellowcheek Darter Available

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

          Endangered Species Act Protection Not Needed for Seven Southeastern Species

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

          Fish and Wildlife Service to Gather More Information On Two Rare Reptiles in the Southeast

        4. Wetlands with lots of tress and plants.May 4, 2016

          Cache River National Wildlife Refuge Adds Lands for Wildlife Conservation

        5. Flooded bottomland hardwoods swamp.Apr 25, 2016

          New for 2016-17, All Permit Sales Will be Conducted Online

        6. A close up photo of a gray-silver salamander walking on a layer of wet moss.Mar 15, 2016

          Four Southeastern Species Do Not Require Federal Protection, Two Others Under Further Review

        7. A black white and orange snake with red eyes coiled on fallen leaves.Sep 17, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks More Information on Five Species

        8. Three mussels in hand with identification numbersAug 13, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service Announces $37.2 Million in Grants to Boost State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts

        9. A dark colored salamander with white spots on it's stomach and sides.Jun 30, 2015

          Federal Wildlife Officials Respond to a Petition to List Dozens of Species under the Endangered Species Act

        10. A black bear marches across a farm field after a harvest.Jun 5, 2015

          Service Southeast Region Formally Ends the Evaluation Process for the Possible Use of Genetically Modified Crops on National Wildlife Refuges

        11. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat.May 13, 2015

          Service Awards More Than $16 Million to Support Clean Waters and Recreational Boating Through Clean Vessel Act Grants

        12. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato.Apr 29, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat for Two Freshwater Mussels in 12 States

        13. Entrance sign at the hatchery.Mar 4, 2015

          Norfork National Fish Hatchery begins project to replace raceway drain lines

        14. An adult bald eagle soars in front of a bright blue skyFeb 15, 2015

          Reward Offered for Information on the Killing of Bald Eagle in Arkansas

        15. A brown bird with long slender neck and legs takes flight.Nov 14, 2014

          Migratory Bird Conservation Commission Waterfowl, Approves $28 Million to Conserve Shorebirds and Other Species in 16 States

        16. A forest of trees with wide stumps emerges from a swamp.Sep 30, 2014

          Service Tables Proposal to Expand the Acquisition Boundary of Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge

        17. A strange looking salamander with horns.Sep 22, 2014

          Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-Year Status Reviews of 27 Southeastern Species

        18. A grass like plant with a large geometric shaped bulb.May 19, 2014

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

        19. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato.May 13, 2014

          Service Reopens Comment Period on Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot

        20. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato.May 6, 2014

          Public Comment to be Reopened on Proposed Critical Habitat for Two Federally Protected Mussel Species

        21. Members of the bumper family gather around the new entrance sign to the Refuge.Apr 18, 2014

          White River National Wildlife Refuge Renamed in Honor of Dale Bumpers

        22. Children play with an aquarium.Dec 20, 2013

          Refuge Therapy

        23. A wet brown frog with bright green round eyes on fallen reeds.Nov 19, 2013

          Landmark Study Reveals Low National Rate of Frog Abnormalities on Wildlife Refuges

        24. Panoramic view of a forested mountain range in Arkansas.May 14, 2013

          Service Delists Magazine Mountain Shagreen

        25. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato.May 8, 2013

          Service Estimates Economic Impacts and Releases Draft Environmental Assessment of Critical Habitat Designation for Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot

        26. Biologists check a seine for chucky madtom fishes.Oct 15, 2012

          Service Identifies Habitat Essential to Five Endangered Southeastern Fishes

        27. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato.Oct 15, 2012

          Service Proposes to Protect Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot under the Endangered Species Act

        28. Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky.Apr 20, 2012

          Conservation Effort in Northern Louisiana is Something to Quack About

        29. A brown fish with red fins.Feb 10, 2012

          Service to Hold Public Information Meeting on Proposed Critical Habitat for the Yellowcheek Darter

        30. A brown and black mussel with striations.Jan 19, 2011

          Service Proposes Endangered Species Act Protection for Two Freshwater Mussels

        31. Wide based trees emerge from a swamp covered in green pondweed.Jul 2, 2010

          Salazar Unveils Special Edition Duck Stamp Cachet Public Can Purchase to Support Gulf Wildlife Refuges

        32. A green leafy tree with fuzzy green buds.Jun 1, 2010

          Ozark Chinquapin May warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act

        33. A boardwalk and surrounding forest submerged by flood waters.Nov 3, 2009

          Flooding Closes all Deer Hunting on White River National Wildlife Refuge

        34. A prehistoric looking brown fish in a hand with a shovel shaped face.Sep 22, 2009

          Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Species Act Protection for the Shovelnose Sturgeon

        35. A white breasted bird with a brown head and grey feathers.Sep 11, 2009

          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

        36. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat.Jun 9, 2009

          Secretary Salazar Announces Boating Grants to 28 States to Help Keep Waterways Clean

        37. A small brown fish caught in a stream sitting in a plastic bin for measurement.Jun 6, 2009

          Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-year Status Reviews of 23 Southeastern Species

        Species Profiles

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