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									Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
2312 Quebec Road
Tallulah, LA 71282
318-574-2664, Fax: 318-574-1624
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT:           Amanda Wilkinson
November 4, 2009                                                                                 318-574-2664

                      Rising water results in several road and trail closures on the
                                          Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
High water levels due to an increased amount of rainfall near Tallulah, Louisiana are the cause of several roadway and
trail closures within the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge. While water levels are still on the rise and future weather
conditions are unknown, visitors should be aware of the various impediments to access routes in and around the Refuge.
Currently, the only access to the Visitor Center and Headquarters office is Quebec Road located off of Highway 80.
Please note that all road closures will be marked with instructional information.

Road closures include the following:
Crystal Road is closed to through traffic until further notice as a major culvert has been washed out.
    Mill Road through Africa Flats is closed until further notice as high waters have topped the roadway.
Re-routed trails include the following:
Sharkey ATV Trail – Temporary ATV access to the Sharkey trail will be 2.6 miles east of the current trail head as Mack
Bayou is impassable.
Crystal ATV trail - Can only be accessed from the west.
Fishhook ATV trail - Can only be accessed from the east.
For more information on the road closures at the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, please contact the
refuge headquarters at 318-574-2664

USFWS is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the
continuing benefit of the American public. In addition to maintaining the 94-million–acre National Wildlife Refuge System, it operates 70
national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws,
administers the Endangered Species Act manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores
wildlife habitat such as wetlands and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid Program that
distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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