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Groundbreaking for New Visitor Facility at White River National Wildlife Refuge


May 22, 2002

Ray Paterra, (870) 946-1468
Christine Eustis, (404) 679-7287



U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln
U.S. Congressman Marion Berry
Mayor of St. Charles, Robert Patrick
Arkansas Secretary of State Sharon Priest
State Representative Barbara King
Southeast Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sam D. Hamilton
Refuge Manager, White River National Wildlife Refuge, Larry Mallard


Groundbreaking Ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of the White River National Wildlife Office/Visitor Contact Facility.


Tuesday, May 28, 2002
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Site for the new facility, 27 South CC Camp Road, St. Charles, AR. South of Highway 1. (Please contact Ray Paterra for directions.)


The groundbreaking of the White River National Wildlife Refuge Office/Visitor Contact Facility will celebrate a project that has been in the works for over a decade. Thanks to the support of Senator Blanche Lincoln, Congressman Marion Berry, the State of Arkansas, and the local communities, the visitor facility will provide a draw to visitors to the region and increase the eco-tourism opportunities in the Mississippi Delta. When completed in the Fall of 2003, the facility will complement other initiatives to draw tourists to Southeast Arkansas.

Media Opportunity:

The media will have the opportunity to interview the Senator, Congressman, and other participants immediately following the groundbreaking ceremony.

Please R.S.V.P to Ray Paterra (870) 946-1468 at White River NWR by Friday, May 24th.

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