J.R. Robbins, Managing Editor, www.nrahuntersrights.org, sent us the following bulletin on proposed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to expanded hunting and fishing opportunities on refuges across the nation:
Feds Look to Expand Hunting on Some Refuges
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced Sept. 17 a proposal to open Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Texas to big game hunting for the first time. The USFWS has also proposed expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at a number of other national wildlife refuges across the nation. Notice of the proposal was published in the Federal Register on Sept. 15, and public comment period will remain open until Oct. 15.
Caddo Lake NWR is consists of 7,500 acres and is located in northeast Texas along the Louisiana and Arkansas borders. It is one of the newer refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System, having been created on Oct. 19, 2000, for the purpose of migratory bird and other fish and wildlife management, conservation, and protection. The refuge sits on the site of the former Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant in Harrison County, Texas.
The refuge is designed to protect one of the highest quality old-growth bottomland hardwood forests in the southeastern United States. This bottomland lies along Harrison Bayou. Along the refuge shoreline of Caddo Lake are wetlands that are designated under international treaty as “Wetlands of International Significance.” Portions of the refuge and Caddo Lake constitute one of only 25 such areas in the United States recognized by this treaty, known as the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
In contrast to the more arid and thinly wooded areas that characterize much of the rest of Texas, the Caddo Lake NWR is one of the richest examples still in existence of the lush and abundant Piney Woods Belt where rainfall is abundant and hardwood forests are prominent.
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