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A Tribute to Former Arkansas First Lady Betty Bumpers and H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, November 26, 2018

Former Arkansas First Lady, Betty Flanagan Bumpers passed away Friday, November 23 at the age of 93. While many are familiar with her outreach campaigns for childhood vaccinations and world peace, ... Read More

Groundwater-Fed Wetlands in Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, November 16, 2018

by Theo Witsell One way wetlands are classified is by the source of their water. Wetlands that get their water from overbank flooding of rivers are different from wetlands that get their water fro ... Read More

Upland Depression Wetlands in Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, November 16, 2018

by Theo Witsell Ancient glaciers that once covered parts of North America never made it as far south as Arkansas. This important fact is largely responsible for the impressive variety of native pl ... Read More

Wetland Wildlife of Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, November 16, 2018

by Dustin Lynch Wetlands are among the most important and imperiled of all ecosystems. Not only are they home to many remarkable species of plants and animals found nowhere else, but they also pro ... Read More

Wetland Plant Types and Adaptations

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, November 15, 2018

by Brent Baker Wetland plants, called hydrophytes, are adapted to living in water or on saturated soil all or part of the year. Wetland plants are generally classified into three main types: emerg ... Read More

Harperella: An Endangered Wetland Plant

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, November 14, 2018

by Brent Baker Wetlands can support a variety of plants, and accommodate a number of rare plants as well. Almost 20 percent of the plants considered to be of state conservation concern in Arkansas ... Read More

Reconstructing a Lost Delta Stream: The Dark Corner Stream Restoration Project

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, November 13, 2018

by Dustin Lynch The Mississippi Alluvial Plain of eastern Arkansas, commonly known as the Delta, was originally home to the largest continuous system of wetlands in North America. This region is d ... Read More

Trail Dedicated at Devil's Knob-Devil's Backbone Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, October 31, 2018

New trail increases accessibility for recreation The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) dedicated a new nature trail at Devil’s Knob-Devil’s Backbone Natural Area on October 30, 2018. The ... Read More

Garden Augments Botanical Research

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, September 28, 2018

Following our move to the new Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH) headquarters in 2016, the ANHC was given a raised bed between the building and the employee parking lot for a research garden. T ... Read More

From the Field: Mosquitoes, Pondberry, and Appreciation

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, September 28, 2018

by Leslie Patrick St. Francis Sunken Lands Natural Area is a bottomland forest in northeast Arkansas in Poinsett County, on the east side of the St. Francis River. The area is slightly elevated ... Read More


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