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Downs Prairie Natural Area Serves as Classroom for 4-H Students

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

This past weekend, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission assisted with the statewide 4-H contest in Hazen, hosting approximately 100 students, families, and 4-H leaders for hands-on learning at ... Read More

ANHC, Arkansas Elementary Schools Party With the LR Zoo

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

In celebration of Earth Day, the Little Rock Zoo recently held a “Party for the Planet” celebration for Arkansas’s elementary students. The ANHC was invited to host a booth at the event,  ... Read More

Underground tales: karst

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, March 29, 2019

by Bryan Rupar, ANHC A karst system is a type of landscape in which the bedrock (typically limestone, a sedimentary rock made of calcium carbonate) has been chemically weathered by groundwater ... Read More

Land for karst: protecting habitat

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, March 29, 2019

by Bryan Rupar, ANHC To meet its goals and responsibilities, the ANHC acquires land through purchases and donations that contains habitat for rare, threatened, or endangered species for inclus ... Read More

Karst surveys guide conservation

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, March 29, 2019

by Bryan Rupar, ANHC The ANHC and partners from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), and the Illinois River Water ... Read More

Arkansas's karst: salamanders call it home

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, March 29, 2019

by Dustin Lynch, ANHC Arkansas’s cave and karst habitats are home to a disproportionately high number of sensitive and rare species and comprise an amazing part of our state’s natural heritage ... Read More

Karst geology supports rare plants

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, March 29, 2019

by Theo Witsell, ANHC There are many different types of native plants found in Arkansas. Some of those species are found only in soils derived from limestone, dolomite, chalk, or other high-pH ... Read More

The bat killer: White-Nose Syndrome

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, March 29, 2019

Reprinted with permission from Bats of Arkansas (Perry, Roger M., Moore, P., Armstrong, K. and Robbins, L. Bats of Arkansas, Publication Number 8. Indiana State University Center for Bat Rese ... Read More

Artificial bark: can it help Arkansas's bats?

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, March 29, 2019

by Sarah Martin Bats are an important part of our nation’s ecosystems, and provide significant pest control for American farmers. However, there is growing concern regarding the threats to Nor ... Read More

Land donated by Deckers becomes 74th natural area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, February 28, 2019

Thanks to a generous donation by Louis and Sandra Decker, 33-acre Hall’s Creek Canyon Natural Area (NA) has been added to the statewide System of Natural Areas (https://bit.ly/2tJLFNw). Located in ... Read More


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