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ANHC acquires an additional 132 acres at Devil's Eyebrow Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, February 28, 2019

The ANHC recently closed on a 132-acre addition at Devil’s Eyebrow Natural Area (DENA) in Benton and Carroll counties, bringing the total acreage of the natural area to approximately 3,161 acres. The acquisition, made possible through grant funding from the Walton Family Foundation, adds physical connectivity to The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) adjacent Nature Preserve. It also adds to the larger conservation corridor that includes Hobbs State Park Natural Area, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ property around Beaver Lake, TNC’s Rob and Melani Walton Nature Preserve, the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri, and the natural area.

The conservation vision for the natural area is to protect and maintain a mosaic of glades, woodlands, forests, bluffs, and spring-fed streams characteristic of the Ozarks’ White River Hills and Springfield Plateau. Managed as a cooperative natural area and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s (AGFC) Wildlife Management Area (WMA), the property provides additional public access to the natural area and increases hunting, birding, and hiking opportunities.

DENA was added to the System of Natural Areas in 2012. It is located at the northern end of Beaver Lake along Indian Creek and its tributaries. The natural area supports a high diversity of plant and animal species – approximately 700 plant species have been documented at the area to date.

The natural area includes an 11.8-mile roundtrip strenuous hiking trail that follows old logging roads that meander through steep topography from the parking area off Hwy. 62 all the way to Beaver Lake. Hikers can enjoy a scenic spring that flows year round about 1.5-miles from the parking area, and varying layers of bedrock can be seen at several places along the trail. In the fall and winter, Beaver Lake can be seen from the top of Trimble Mountain. Details, maps, photos, and driving directions can be found at https://bit.ly/2TmWAev



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