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Newest Natural Area Lies Just West of Little Rock

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, June 25, 2018

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH) Director Stacy Hurst dedicated Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area (/natural-areas/rattlesnake-ridge-natural-area)(NA) earlier this sp ... Read More

Tom Foti Officially Retires From the ANHC

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, May 31, 2018

The ANHC’s Senior Ecologist (or as some know him, Arkansas’s Ecologist Emeritus), Tom Foti is officially retiring from the ANHC at the end of June 2018. Foti served with the ANHC for 21 years, fir ... Read More

Alum Fork Natural Area Protects Land Along Saline River

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, March 30, 2018

The ANHC recently purchased a conservation easement on 232 acres in Saline County adjacent to over 1 mile of the Alum Fork of the Saline River, creating Alum Fork Natural Area (NA). Alum Fork NA i ... Read More

Annual Celebration Brings Awareness About the Importance of Pollinators

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, June 21, 2017

National Pollinator Week, established by the U.S. Senate in 2007, is an annual celebration of pollinators and their role in our ecosystem, economy, and world food supply. Governor Asa Hutchinson h ... Read More

Grab A Hammock and Go!

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, May 25, 2017

Advance planning, equipment needs, and time spent packing and unpacking can make it hard to find time to get outside. Yet, we know that time spent outdoors is good for our mental and physical heal ... Read More

Ecology Students Tour Cove Creek Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Earlier this month, students from the University of Central Arkansas (www.uca.edu)’s (UCA) restoration ecology program toured Cove Creek Natural Area (/natural-areas/cove-creek-natural-area) (NA)  ... Read More

New Trail Dedicated at Warren Prairie Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) (http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/arkansas/) dedicated a new nature trail at  ... Read More

Native Seed Program Takes Root

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, November 04, 2016

Throughout the last month, you may have heard about, or participated in, our Prairie Seed Collection Days. In cooperation with Audubon Arkansas and with the assistance of volunteers, we have colle ... Read More

Developed Trails vs. Natural Trails

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission maintains several hiking trails on natural areas throughout the state that are free and open to the public. However, some of the trails are very different  ... Read More

Prairies, Glades, and Barrens: Rare Habitats for Rare Species

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, June 01, 2016

When European explorers and early settlers first came to what is now Arkansas they encountered not an unbroken forest but a diverse patchwork of dense forests, open woodlands, and treeless grassla ... Read More


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