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Panels Tell Story of Clark Wetlands

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Staff from the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) recently designed 12 interpretive panels that are now displayed along the trails and boardwalk of the William E. Clark Presidential Park Wetlands. The ANHC’s work began with an inventory of native plants on the site and recommendations as to what types of additional native species could be added during restoration. Later, ANHC developed interpretive panels to help visitors understand how the wetland functions and to identify plants and animals on the site.

One particularly unique panel illustrates how the Arkansas River has changed over time, before and after the McClellan–Kerr Navigation System. Using a historic postcard photo of the river from circa 1900, ANHC staff photographed the same angle from a crane to capture a contemporary image. Additional panels detail wetland plants and animals, habitats along the Arkansas River, and the importance of wetlands. Each of the panels also includes a cell phone audio tour with the information in Spanish.

Other partners contributing to the project included: Dillard’s, Entergy, OneBanc, Witt Stephens, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Audubon Arkansas, Bill Clark Remembrance Fund, City Parks Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, Ecological Design Group, Freshwater Institute, Kay Kelly Arnold, Landscape Architecture Inc., Little Rock Parks and Recreation, Little Rock Public Works Department, The Nature Conservancy, Phil Herrington, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and The William J. Clinton Foundation. 

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