U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Southeast Region News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   Vicki M. Boatwright or

August 8, 1995                          Diana M. Hawkins



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a proposal to acquire about 8,000 acres of additional waterfowl habitat for the expansion of Hillside National Wildlife Refuge in Humphreys and Yazoo counties, Mississippi. The proposed expansion would bring under Service protection an important migratory bird use area along the Mississippi Flyway. The refuge currently covers 15,406 acres in the Yazoo/Mississippi River alluvial floodplain 13 miles north of Yazoo City.

The Service is seeking public comments on a draft environmental assessment and land protection plan for the proposed expansion. The assessment considers the biological, environmental, and socioeconomic effects of expanding the refuge. It also evaluates two alternatives for the protection of the project lands and the potential environmental impacts.

The proposed expansion would include about 8,000 acres of low, poorly drained lands located just north of the community of Carter, about 5 miles west of the refuge. These lands are highly conducive to moist soil management and provide ideal habitat for many species of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds. The area also contains a variety of other wildlife, including white-tailed deer, rabbit, fox, coyote, bobcat, and beaver.

Copies of the draft environmental assessment and land protection plan are being made available for public review and comment from August 7 to September 15, 1995. Requests for copies of the proposal and for further information on the project should be addressed to Mr. Charles Danner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Boulevard, Atlanta Georgia 30345, or to Mr. Tim Wilkins, Refuge Manager, Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge, Route 1, Box 286, Hollandale, Mississippi 38748.

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