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Darrell Bowman Named Director of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, January 26, 2017

Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has named Darrell Bowman as director of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC). Bowman had been serving as interim director since August, when former director Chris Colclasure left to take a positon with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Bowman had been deputy director of ANHC since November 2015. He was the lake ecology and fisheries manager for the Bella Vista Village Property Owners Association from 2007 – 2015; and prior to that, he worked as a fisheries biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Bowman holds a B.S. in fisheries and wildlife management from Arkansas Tech University and an M.S. in zoology from the University of Arkansas.   Read More

New Herbarium Space Completed

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) has been a recognized herbarium by Index Herbariorum (IH), the official database of worldwide herbaria maintained by the New York Botanical Garden, since 2010. A herbarium is like a library for plants. Preserved plants are stored, cataloged and arranged systematically for historic record and research.   Read More

Acquisition Adds Acres to Foushee Cave Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission recently closed on a 400-acre addition to the Foushee Cave Natural Area (now 3,132 acres total at the site). The additional property was acquired with assistance from conservation partners with The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Added to the Arkansas System of Natural Areas in 2011, Foushee Cave NA protects one of the most biologically significant caves in Arkansas.  Read More

Volunteer Keesling Assists the ANHC With Rare Plant Species

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) has a small staff and a big mission, so we often rely on volunteers to increase our reach. One way that volunteers can help us is to gather images and specimens of the species in the state, especially those that are rare or poorly known. One of our most prolific volunteers in these efforts is Jim Keesling of Hot Springs Village.   Read More

Contest Calls for Students to Submit Artwork of Endangered Species

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The 8th Annual Arkansas K-12 Endangered Species Art Contest is open for submissions. The competition provides students an opportunity to learn about threatened and endangered species in Arkansas and to express their knowledge and support of these species through art. For more information, including rules, judging criteria, and prizes, visit https://www.fws.gov/arkansas-es/esdaycontest.html. Entries must be postmarked or submitted electronically by March 1, 2017.  Read More

New Trail Dedicated at Warren Prairie Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) dedicated a new nature trail at Warren Prairie Natural Area (NA) in November. The trail is 2.2 miles long and showcases the diverse habitats and species that make the natural area special. The ANHC and Potlatch Corporation also signed an agreement for the ANHC to acquire 937 acres from Potlatch to be added to the natural area.  Read More

Collection Days Benefit Native Seed Program

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Arkansas Native Seed Program is off to a successful start. During five events in October and November, ANHC and Audubon Arkansas staff worked with volunteers to collect seed from native prairie plants at Downs Prairie Natural Area, Railroad Prairie Natural Area, and areas nearby. Over 168 pounds of bulk, uncleaned seed were collected.  Read More

WAMN Collect and Disperse Seeds at Flanagan Prairie

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Western Arkansas Master Naturalists (WAMN) recently collected native seed for habitat restoration at H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area. The WAMN has adopted H.E. Flanagan Prairie through the ANHC’s Adopt a Natural Area Program (ANAP).   Read More

FY16 Annual Report Available for Download

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The FY2016 edition of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission's (ANHC) annual report is now available for download on our website Read More

Native Seed Program Takes Root

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, November 04, 2016

Throughout the last month, you may have heard about, or participated in, our Prairie Seed Collection Days. In cooperation with Audubon Arkansas and with the assistance of volunteers, we have collected seeds from native plants in Downs Prairie Natural Area, Railroad Prairie Natural Area, and other areas, to be used in habitat restoration projects in the Grand Prairie region. These efforts mark the beginning of the Arkansas Native Seed Program, a program the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission staff have been hoping to establish for many years.  Read More


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