White River NWR Farm Unit Enhancement

Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are beginning to enhance the 108 acres on the Farm Unit on White River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Arkansas. Through the installation of new levees and new water-control structures, DU will enable USFWS managers to provide high quality moist soil/unharvested rice habitat and hold early shallow water for migrating and wintering shorebirds and waterfowl. This project was funded through a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant.

The Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture (LMVJV) focuses on the protection, restoration and management of bird populations and their habitats by implementing national and international conservation plans. While originally developed to benefit waterfowl and their habitats, the goals and objectives of the Joint Ventures now embrace a more comprehensive approach that emphasizes all-bird conservation. This has been accomplished by a series of step-down plans being utilized to reach goals and objectives. The Farm Unit project addresses geographic conservation goals and objectives for all four LMVJV major bird conservation plans.