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University » Public Lands » D’Arbonne NWR
D’Arbonne NWR

national-wildlife-refuge-logoRefuge Facts:
Established: 1975.
Acres: 17,419 purchased by the Corps of Engineers as partial mitigation for the Ouachita-Black River Navigation Project.
Located in Ouachita and Union parishes.
Location: the refuge office is located 6 miles north of West Monroe on LA Highway 143.

Natural History:
Eight miles long and averaging 4 miles wide, the refuge consists of over 11,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest, 3,000 acres of upland forest, 1,000 acres of moist soil habitat, and 2,000 acres of permanent water. About 75 percent of the refuge is subject to annual flooding from December through May. The central physical feature is Bayou D’Arbonne, 13 miles of which lie within the refuge. The bayou meanders through a 2- to 4-mile wide floodplain characterized by alluvial soils. Refuge supports concentrations of ducks, numerous wading birds, raptors, and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

Financial Impact:
Hosts 25,000 visits annually.
D’Arbonne, Handy Brake, Red River, Upper Ouachita, Black Bayou Lake NWR’s and Louisiana Wetlands Management District are administered under the North Louisiana Refuges Complex with a total budget for FY05 of $1,435,500.

Refuge Objectives:
Provides habitat for a diversity of migratory birds and resident wildlife species.
Provides habitat and protection for endangered species such as
the bald eagle, wood stork and red-cockaded woodpecker.
seen bringing food to their young.
Provides opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreation, environmental education and interpretation.

Management Tools:
Moist soil areas are periodically disced, mowed, or burned and subsequently flooded to provide habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds.
Forest management including reforestation and thinning.Law enforcement.
Public hunting and fishing.
Environmental education/interpretation.

Public Use Opportunities:
Foot trails.
Wildlife observation.
Observation tower.
Scenic vistas (land and water).
Hunting.
Fishing.
Photography.
Group tours.



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