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Access to Two Southeast Arkansas Natural Areas/WMAs Temporarily Closed

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Weather permitting, portions of Seven Devils Swamp Natural Area [located within boundaries of Seven Devils Wildlife Management Area (WMA)] and Cut-off Creek Ravines Natural Area (located within boundaries of Cut-off Creek WMA) may be closed to public access during the week of February 26 to March 2, 2018 (see map below for location of natural areas/WMAs). The Arkansas and Tennessee U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), will be conducting aerial gunning operations on the WMAs aimed at reducing feral hog populations on the WMAs.

Aerial operations are scheduled to begin February 26 and continue through March 2. Public safety during the flights is the primary concern for the temporary closures. To provide safety for the public and comply with USDA regulations, access will not be allowed during ongoing operations. 

Varying weather and site specific conditions will not allow for specific dates of the closures. The dates allow some flexibility to take advantage of resources over large contiguous tracts of habitat. In the event that access to the WMAs is restricted, AGFC and partnering agency staff will be on-site to maintain road and access closures.

The aerial operations are the result of planning and coordination of multiple partners, condensed into several days of actual operations. The AGFC and USDA APHIS would like to thank the public in advance for their patience and understanding while these activities are underway and apologize for any inconvenience related to the operation.

For additional information, please contact AGFC Statewide Feral Hog Program Coordinator J.P. Fairhead at 870-253-3721 or the AGFC Monticello Regional Office at 877-367-3559.

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