Photo by Lisa Reeves
The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. The program offers three enrollment options: permanent easement, 30 year easement, and restoration cost-share agreement.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts. The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program. This program offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection.
Funding for WRP comes from the Commodity Credit Corporation. Participants voluntarily limit future use of the land, but retain private ownership. If you need more information about WRP, please contact your local USDA Service Center, listed in the telephone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture, or your local conservation district. Information is also available at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/farmbill/2002.
Get rolling on The Gladlands’ delta rivers. Canoeing, kayaking, fishing… there’s lots of current fun waiting for you.
While etching itself a place in the American consciousness, the Mississippi River has marked mightily the land, the people, and the culture of eastern Arkansas, a part of the nation’s largest alluvial plain. The Mississippi River confidently borders Lee County on the Eastern side. The river’s natural legacy can be seen in the region’s remnant wetlands and many oxbow lakes. Some of history’s most remembered vigilantes traveled the river in this area.
The L’Anguille was named by the French well before the Louisiana Purchase. The stream had its beginnings in Poinsett County and flows southward in a meandering pattern through The Gladlands to a little past Marianna where it joins the St. Francis River. Access is at highway crossings and outside Marianna (U.S. 79). The L’Anguille also borders parts of the St. Francis National Forest. Fishing and waterfowl hunting are favorites along this lazy delta stream.
St. Francis River
The St. Francis River, paralleling Crowley’s Ridge to the east, begins in southeast Missouri and meanders its way some 300 miles through the natural State. Historic landmarks and natural delta beauty abound from start to finish. The St. Francis River travels straight through the middle of The Gladlands before joining the Mississippi River near the St. Francis National Forest.