National Wildlife Refuge
Bayou Cocodrie NWR
P.O. Box 1772
Ferriday, LA 71334
Phone: 318/336 7119
Fax: 318/336 5610
* Established: 1992.
* Located in Concordia Parish, LA.
* Location: The refuge is located 3.5
miles south (of FI n- I: ; 10 miles
southwest of Vidalia and 50 miles
northeast of Alexandria, LA.
* The Nature Conservancy
purchased an 11,255.51-acre core
tract from the Fisher Lumber
Company, a subsidiary of General
Motors Corporation. The
Conservancy then sold the land
to the USFWS over a span of 5
* Cocodrie Bayou is designated as
a state scenic river.
* The bottomland hardwoods at
Bayou Cocodrie NWR have been
noted as some of the last
remaining, least disturbed timber
in the Mississippi River Delta.
Financial Impact of Refuge
* Seven people on staff.
* 5,000 visitors annually.
* Current budget FY 05 $654,000.
* To protect some of the last
remaining, least disturbed
bottomland hardwoods in the
Mississippi River Delta.
* To provide wintering habitat for
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* To provide habitat for a natural
diversity of wildlife.
* To provide habitat for non-game
* To provide opportunities for
research, interpretation, and
* Law enforcement.
* Wildlife management with public
* Timber management.
* Private lands programs.
Public Use Opportunities
* Environmental education and
* Bird watching.
Calendar of Events
January: general gun-woodcock
March: arrival of songbirds.
October: annual National Wildlife
October, November, January and
February: general gun-rabbit and
November: youth hunt and
muzzleloader-deer either sex
November January: archery-deer
either sex hunting.
Questions and Answers
Why did you implement a deer gun
hunt on the refuge?
Hunting is one of the "big six"
priority public uses on the refuge
system. It is the responsibility of each
refuge to offer as many opportunities
for as many people as possible
without interfering with the system's
wildlife first mission. As such a
limited deer gun hunt was deemed
appropriate on Bayou Cocodrie to
offer deer hunting opportunities to
those who do not bow hunt or
Does the refuge allow camping?
The only camping permitted on the
refuge is related to environmental
education programs conducted by the
local scout troops. General camping is
not permitted in an effort to avoid
direct competition with the nearby
Will you all ever pave Poole Road?
Poole Road is maintained by the
Concordia Parish Police Jury. The
public frequently asks this question
because of the numerous flat tires
they experience when traveling this
refuge entry road. The road is a
graveled-over railroad tram. Railroad
spikes surface during road
maintenance and are the primary
causes of tire damage. The refuge has
assisted the Police Jury with applying
for TEA-21 funds that would improve
Poole Road by paving or re-graveling.
When are they (USFWS) going to get
you all some more help ?
The current refuge staff consists of
six positions, a Refuge Manager,
Deputy Project Leader, Private
Lands Biologist, Office Assistant,
Maintenance Worker and
Engineering Equipment Operator.
The current staffing plan also
includes a forester position that will
be filled in the near future. Additional
staffing needs have been identified in
the ongoing CCP process. Outdoor
Recreational Planner and Refuge
Biologist were the positions specified
to assist implementation of the CCP
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