Certified arborist training, exam to be offered August 25 in Fayetteville

Certified arborist training, exam to be offered August 25 in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas Urban Forestry Council will offer an in-person training for anyone interested in becoming a certified arborist or getting advanced training in arboriculture on Aug. 25 in Fayetteville. The training will take place 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Washington County office of the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas…

Moro Bay State Park’s Paul Butler presents Library program to summer reading students

Moro Bay State Park’s Paul Butler presents Library program to summer reading students

Park Ranger Paul Butler from Moro Bay State Park was the presenter for Mrs. Christy’s group, ages three to six this week during the Warren Branch Library’s summer reading program. He brought Arby the Alligator and all the kids got the opportunity to pet him. They learned some really cool facts like that the top…

AGFC suggests ways timber firms, lease holders can take action to boost wildlife

AGFC suggests ways timber firms, lease holders can take action to boost wildlife

LITTLE ROCK – Timber companies play an important role in Arkansas’s economy, and the partnerships established between the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and these firms positively affect fish and wildlife species on the lands that they own and manage. It is important to remember that managing properties for timber production or for fish and…

Operation Dry Water promotes increased safety during extended holiday weekend

Operation Dry Water promotes increased safety during extended holiday weekend

HOT SPRINGS — With Independence Day falling on a Monday this year, many people are taking full advantage of an extended stay at their favorite lakeside retreat. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking that everyone enjoying the revelry be aware of the dangers brought about by drinking while aboard a boat. To help…

Arkansas’s Buffalo National River celebrates 50th anniversary as part of the National Park Service

Arkansas’s Buffalo National River celebrates 50th anniversary as part of the National Park Service

With more than 800,000 visitors a year, the Buffalo National River is one of the leading tourist destinations in Arkansas. This year, the Buffalo National River celebrates its 50th anniversary as a unit of the National Park Service. Former Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt and former Senators J. William Fulbright and John L. McClellan introduced the…

House of Representatives passes Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

House of Representatives passes Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Director Austin Booth applauded the passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act on Tuesday by the U.S. House of Representatives. Booth compared HR 2773 as the modern-day equivalent of the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Acts. These two pieces of legislation have funded the conservation efforts that fueled the…

Subscribe to Arkansas Wildlife, receive 2022-23 calendar

Subscribe to Arkansas Wildlife, receive 2022-23 calendar

It’s always a good time to subscribe to Arkansas Wildlife, the bimonthly magazine produced by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, although this may be the best time of year. The July-August issue of the magazine is the calendar edition, full of information about the Arkansas outdoors such as hunting dates and sunrise/sunset times, and…

Apply for a 2022 Arkansas alligator hunt permit

Apply for a 2022 Arkansas alligator hunt permit

Applications for the 2022 Arkansas alligator season are available at www.agfc.com from 8 a.m., June 15 through midnight, June 30. Anyone interested in pursuing alligators on public land in Arkansas must apply for one of the six hunting locations within two of Arkansas’s three open Alligator Management Zones.  The 2022 alligator permit draw will have…

Identify, avoid Arkansas’ six venomous snake species this summer

Identify, avoid Arkansas’ six venomous snake species this summer

As summer approaches in the Natural State, many Arkansans will take to hiking trails, campgrounds, lakes, rivers and favorite swimming holes to enjoy time outdoors. While doing so, it’s important to be aware of Arkansas’ native snakes – including six venomous species – and how to avoid them. Arkansas has 39 native snake species. Six…

Arkansas WMA Deer Hunt Permit opportunities expanded, apply today

Arkansas WMA Deer Hunt Permit opportunities expanded, apply today

LITTLE ROCK — The application period for special deer hunting permits on many wildlife management areas in Arkansas is open until 11:59 p.m. July 1, and hunters will notice many new opportunities, thanks to regulations passed during the May Commission meeting. Many WMAs managed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are open during fall…

Enjoy summer fun while practicing sun safety tips to avoid skin cancer, sunburn

Enjoy summer fun while practicing sun safety tips to avoid skin cancer, sunburn

LITTLE ROCK — As temperatures warm up and the school year winds down, Arkansas families are preparing to spend more time outside during the summer months. While the Natural State offers plenty of opportunities for fun in the sun, it’s important to practice sun safety by using sunscreen, avoiding prolonged sun exposure and wearing protective…

Fall planting strawberries? When is too late, and too early, to plant in Arkansas?

Fall planting strawberries? When is too late, and too early, to plant in Arkansas?

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Planting strawberries in the fall to get a robust crop the following spring is typical with growers. But how late is too late for fall planting of strawberries in Arkansas? The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, conducted a three-year study to provide…

College scholarships available for conservation-minded students

College scholarships available for conservation-minded students

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is offering scholarships for any student interested in a conservation career. Applications will be accepted until June 15 for the fall 2022 semester. Scholarships are available for any Arkansas resident paying in-state tuition with a declared major related to conservation or agriculture. A complete list of…