Federal Commission Okays $15 Million to Expand Cache River Wildlife Refuge

JUNE 22, 2005 - Posted at 7:18 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - More land is to be added to the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge, much of which lies in Region 8.  The refuge is now famous as the spot where the ivory-billed woodpecker was rediscovered.  The rare bird was once thought to be extinct.

Now Senator Blanche Lincoln says the federal Migratory Bird Conservation Commission will spend $15 million to buy nearly 10,000 acres to add to the refuge.  The new land will be in Jackson, Woodruff, Prarie and Monroe counties.

The money was approved yesterday and the commission said it would improve habitat for ducks and geese as well as the rare woodpecker.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)