Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge the World's Largest Green Tree
Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge Draft Habitat Management Plan October (2015) and Environmental Assessment.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepared this Draft Habitat Management Plan for Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge to guide habitat management over the next 15 years.
Established in 1975 and named for a small community, Felsenthal, located at its southwest corner of the 65,000 acre refuge contains an abundance of water resources created by the Ouachita and Saline Rivers and the Felsenthal Pool.
The 65,000 acre low
lying Felsenthal refuge consist of an intricate system of rivers, creeks,
sloughs, swamps, and lakes, while also supporting a wide diversity of native
wildlife and plants.
Felsenthal is the world's largest green-tree reservoir consisting of the 15,000-acre
Felsenthal Pool that is more than doubled to 36,000 acres during winter
flooding of the bottomland hardwood forest during winter and spring provides for excellent flooded timber duck hunting.
15,000 acres, bottomland hardwood:
Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge lies within the Mississippi Flyway. Ducks began arriving in September with blue-wing teal, mallards, black ducks, gadwall, and ring-neck ducks among the 20 species that winter here. Wood ducks are a year-round resident, nesting in tree cavities and nest boxes that have been placed throughout the hardwood forest.
Rick Eastridge, bear program coordinator with the Game and
Fish Commission, said that in the past several years,
During the spring, summer, and through early fall, Felsenthal is sanctuary for a variety of other migrant birds. A variable of songbirds and shorebirds stop briefly in the fall and spring to replenish energy reserves for the long journey to and from wintering areas in Central and South America, while other birds, such as Northern parula, prothonotary warbler, and American redstart utilize the refuge for nesting. Almost 100 species of birds are known to nest in the area.
There are 11 primitive camping areas (no facilities) on Felsenthal NWR. Also adjacent to the refuge are two camp grounds with full facilities: Crossett Harbor RV Park on Highway 82 and Grand Marais Campground at the town of Felsenthal
The red-cockaded woodpecker, a small resident bird, is an endangered species. This woodpecker prefers open, park-like timber stands where it drills nesting cavities in mature pine trees. In these upland areas, trees with cavities are marked with white bands. Artificial nest inserts are placed in mature pine trees to supplement natural cavity trees and to encourage establishment of new colonies. Forest management practices, such as selective cutting and intensive prescribed burning, are the primary management tools used to improve and maintain a home for this endangered bird.
Felsenthal Refuge is home to bald eagles during the winter as these magnificent birds follow waterfowl down the flyway. In the future, these birds may begin nesting here since the Felsenthal Pool has created what appears to be optimum habitat.
Felsenthal NWR is on the northern edge of the American
alligator's range. Although no longer on the endangered list, this ancient reptile is
still considered threatened in Arkansas. This resident makes its home in the thousands of
acres of shallow water wetlands.
Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge Aquatic Vegetation Control
As of 2008 nearly $200,000 has been committed to controlling
aquatic vegetation in Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge.
AGFC funds will be used to
purchase, raise, and stock triploid grass carp.
Friends of Felsenthal Vegetation Control Fund
Normal level of the Felsenthal pool is 65 feet Above Sea Level MSL
All visitors on Felsenthal must have a signed, current copy of
Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge Public Use Regulations in their possession
while on the refuge.
Boat Ramps and Campsites lower Ouachita River and Felsenthal.