Friends of White River 

National Wildlife Refuge


Friends of White River National Wildlife Refuge is a private, non-profit  established in 1993 by a group of conservation minded hunters, fisherman, wildlife watchers, and outdoor enthusiast.  Their goal...to promote, protect, and conserve the largest remaining tract of bottom-land forest in the Mississippi River Valley, the Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge. 


ABOUT THE REFUGE

Established September 5, 1935. Its purpose... to protect and conserve migratory birds and other wildlife resources of the region.   Today it is the largest remaining tract of bottomland hardwood forest in the Mississippi River Valley. 
Established September 5, 1935. Its purpose... to protect and conserve migratory birds and other wildlife resources of the region. 

Today it is the largest remaining tract of bottomland hardwood forest in the Mississippi River Valley.   Encompassing 160,000 acres it is the largest National Wildlife Refuge within the state. Its fertile forests and 300 lakes, interlaced with streams, sloughs, and bayous provide a haven for a myriad of native wildlife and migratory birds.


SIGNIFICANCE

The refuge serves as the last safety net to support biological diversity for the Delta region. After generations of habitat loss through clear cutting and conversion of forest lands to agriculture, only 10% of Arkansas' original eight million acres of bottomland forest remain standing today.



VOLUNTEER

We provide opportunities and coordinate volunteers for refuge events, research, maintenance work parties and educational programs.



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