Red River National Wildlife Refuge & the Friends of RRNWR gathering to celebrate the new facility that will enhance awareness and connection to wildlife and wild places and that will provide an economic boost to the area. 

 WHO:             Red River National Wildlife Refuge & the Friends of RRNWR 

 WHAT:           Ribbon-cutting event for new $3.8M Visitor & Education Center           

WHEN:           Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at 1:15 p.m. 

WHERE:          150 Eagle Bend Point, Bossier City, LA (formerly 555 Sunflower Road) 

WHY:              To celebrate the new facility that will enhance awareness and connection to
                        wildlife and wild places and that will provide an economic boost to the area.
 

ETC:                Expected to attend: U.S. Sen. David Vitter; U.S. Rep. John Fleming, Former U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery U.S. Fish & Wildlife officials:  Mark Musaus, deputy regional director, Southeast Region; Joe Saenz, project leader for North Louisiana Refuge Complex; Pat Stinson, manager, Red River NWR   

Friends of Red River NWR:  Nancy Menasco, president                       

Open to the public.  An additional Open House will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 to allow more members of the public to attend. Refreshments at both events.  Exhibit Gallery, cart tours of the Refuge, speaker Wildwood Dean (10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m), bird walk (8:30 a.m.), art exhibit, children’s activities, exhibits and Nature Store available on Saturday.

DIRECTIONS:  The Headquarters Unit is located at the west end of Sunflower Road, just outside
                        the city limits of Bossier City. From the intersection of US 71 (Barksdale
                        Boulevard) and Jimmie Davis Highway (LA 511) in Bossier City, go south about
                        one-half mile on US 71. Turn right (west) on Sunflower Road and proceed to the
                        refuge entrance at the end of the road. Drive through the gate and follow the
                        main gravel road about one mile, bearing left at the fork in the road.