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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch

Vol 9 No 7f, Monday July 25, 2013

This news just in:

Mississippi River Island up for grabs...

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Let’s protect Cottonwood Island!

Some potentially exciting news for the Lower Mississippi River... 1262 acre Cottonwood Island is up for sale.

Cottonwood is a beautiful mid-channel Mississippi River Island located near Transylvania, Louisiana (in between Greenville & Vicksburg) about 15 miles north of Tallula, at river mile 470. An important stopover for migrating songbirds and waterfowl, Cottonwood teems with deer, wild turkeys and wild boar and other typical (and invasive) species. It creates habitat for turtles, snakes, river otters and beaver. Its back channel is an important fish hatchery for natives like the pallid sturgeon and needlenose gar. Some forests, some sandbars, and some grasslands. It’s a triangular-shaped island of similar proportions to Helena's Buck Island -- which was saved at auction and is now a public use island in the good hands of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

Cottonwood is on the Louisiana side of the river, but is actually considered Issaquena County, Mississippi... One of those islands isolated by the ever-changing Mississippi! Cottonwood could become another island for youth paddlers, youth hunters, youth fishermen -- as an all-around public use island.

Cottonwood could be an important addition to the hop-scotch trail of public islands already preserved on the Lower Miss (Hickman Bar, Choctaw Is. and Buck Is.). The Lower Miss is 95% private, but efforts are underway to create more public use... and Cottonwood could be the next step in that trend... Or Not! It could also be locked up behind the gates of the next high-end hunting camp.

Just think of all the school groups, KIPP kids, Boy Scout Troops, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, families, and all the others who could benefit from an exotic island destination like this? From photos you can't decide if you're in the Carribean, the Atchafalaya or the Serenghetti! There is a Boat launch on back channel side (near the Bunge Goodrich Terminal). Outdoors enthusiasts wouldn’t have to cross the dangerous towboat traffic of the main channel to access. (Similar situation found on Choctaw Island & Buck Island). There is a very WILD Arcadia Point sandbar archipelago of islands found on opposite shore.

Exciting possibilities. Let's save Cottonwood Island for the next generation of Mississippians, Arkansasans & Louisianans... The Mighty Quapaws, our sons & daughters... As well as all Americans... And all nature-tourists from abroad who paddle the length of the Mississippi... or come to the Ark-La-Miss specifically to touch and experience the biggest river in North America!

Write back for details, or stay tuned for more information about saving Cottonwood Island!

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What’s new on BIG ISLAND?

This summer Big Island has been teeming over with stories, photos, and videos... if you haven’t visited lately, go check it out! Paddle’s up editors

“Wolfie” Chris Staudinger and Mark River Peoples!

1. Our Thoughts on Mud (Movie Review)

http://bigmuddyisland.org/2013/07/22/our-thoughts-on-mud/

2. Mark River Blog: Delta Summer

http://bigmuddyisland.org/2013/07/23/delta-summer/

3. “Asian Invasion” A Silver Carp Documentary

http://bigmuddyisland.org/2013/07/19/asian-invasion-a-silver-carp-documentary/

Here Ye! Here Ye!

Lower Mississippi Recreation

& Habitat Assessments

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee, Quapaw Canoe Company and other partners will host three public meetings this summer on fish and wildlife habitat needs and outdoor recreation needs along the Lower Mississippi River.

July 30th Dyersburg, Tennessee

August 1st Helena, Arkansas

August 7th St. Francisville, Louisiana

Paddlers, please attend or your voice will not be heard!

See below for more details.

The Lower Mississippi River Resource Assessment partners have set three public meetings on the recreation and habitat assessments, starting July 30 in Dyersburg, followed by August 1 in Helena and followed by August 7 in St. Francisville. Go here for all the details: http://www.lmrcc.org/public-input-sought-on-lower-mississippi-river-study/ .

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee, Quapaw Canoe Company and other partners will host three public meetings this summer on fish and wildlife habitat needs and outdoor recreation needs along the Lower Mississippi River. The meetings are associated with the Lower Mississippi River Resource Assessment, the first comprehensive natural resources study of the region in 40 years. When completed, the study will be presented to Congress, along with recommendations for habitat improvement projects, as well as projects related to river recreation and access needs for fishing, paddling, cycling and other activities.

For more information about the public meetings or the assessment, go to http://www.lmrcc.org/public-input-sought-on-lower-mississippi-river-study/ or contact Marsha Raus, Memphis District Corps of Engineers, at Marsha.L.Raus@usace.army.mil or 901-544-3455.

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