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ANHC Kicks Off 2019 Prescribed Fire Season

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, October 08, 2019

by John O'Dell For the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), the annual prescribed burn season usually begins in September, and continues through the winter into early spring. Depending on  ... Read More

The Historic Role of Fire in Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, October 08, 2019

by Theo Witsell Our modern landscape is so different from that of the past that it is hard for us to understand the magnitude of fire’s historic role in shaping plant communities in Arkansas. Befo ... Read More

Annual Burn School Trains Prescribed Fire Professionals

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, October 08, 2019

by Brian Mitchell Each year prescribed fire professionals around the state train to ensure that they are capable of effectively and safely conducting prescribed fire activities. This training enta ... Read More

Fire Ecology in Arkansas Ecosystems

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, October 08, 2019

by Theo Witsell Across Arkansas, as in states across the Southeast, many native plants and animals depend on grassland and open woodland habitat. This seems like a paradox to many people, who were ... Read More

Council Provides Network, Training for Prescribed Fire Professionals

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, October 08, 2019

by Brian Mitchell The Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council (APFC) was formed in 1997 (formerly known as the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Committee) to promote the benefits of prescribed fire to agen ... Read More

Restoring Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands With Fire

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, October 04, 2019

by Theo Witsell The specific effects of fire depend largely on the intensity and also the timing, or seasonality, of a particular burn. Stand replacement fires, intense fires that move through the ... Read More

NWTF Provides Funds to ANHC for Habitat Restoration and Protection

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, August 29, 2019

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) - Arkansas chapter (http://www.nwtf.org/about/state/arkansas) has been a strong supporter of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) in recent ye ... Read More

Endangered Woodpeckers Continue to Thrive at Natural Areas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, August 29, 2019

The nest season numbers are in for the federally listed endangered red-cockaded woodpecker (Dryobates borealis, RCW) on ANHC’s natural areas. RCWs had another successful year, surpassing seasonal  ... Read More

Witsell and Lynch Participate in SUPERB Summer Institute

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, August 29, 2019

ANHC’s Chief of Research, Theo Witsell, and Aquatic Ecologist, Dustin Lynch, recently participated in the Students United in Preserving, Exploring, and Researching Biodiversity (SUPERB) (http://ww ... Read More

Roberts Joins ANHC Full-Time

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, August 29, 2019

Emily Roberts, one of ANHC’s part-time land management specialists, has accepted a full-time land management position with the ANHC. She has a bachelor of science degree in environmental managemen ... Read More


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