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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

Commissioners Visit Cave Springs Cave and Kings River Falls

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), staff, and partners recently visited the Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP) Education Center (http://www.irwp.org/about-irwp/watershed-san ... Read More

ANHC: Out in the Community

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

During the spring, the ANHC gets many requests for participation in conservation-related outreach efforts, many of which include hosting information booths. Even though we have a small staff, we  ... Read More

Endangered Species Day Art Contest Winners Announced

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) partnered again this year with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Arkansas Field Office’s (http://www.fws.gov/arkansas-es/index.html) Annual ... Read More

New Educational Offerings Celebrate Beatrix Potter

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This summer (July 28) marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of famed children’s author Beatrix Potter. Not only are we celebrating her sesquicentennial birthday, but in September, a newl ... Read More

Children's Artwork Wanted -- Endangered Species Art Contest

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, March 25, 2016

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) is partnering again this year with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Arkansas Field Office’s 7th Annual Arkansas Endangered Specie ... Read More

Pollinators: Nature’s Essential Helpers

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, June 22, 2015

Pollinators comprise a diversity of wild creatures, from birds and bats to butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, and even the occasional land mammal or reptile. They ensure full harvests of crops an ... Read More

Cave Surveys at Cave Springs Cave Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cave Springs Cave Natural Area (/natural-areas/cave-springs-cave-natural-area), a 57-acre property located in Benton County, is an outstanding example of an Ozark Mountains cave stream. The natur ... Read More

Celebrate Endangered Species Day

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed in 1973 to protect endangered and threatened plant and animal species. An Endangered species is in danger of becoming extinct throughout its habitat ra ... Read More

Endangered Species Day Art Contest

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, February 28, 2014

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) is partnering again this year to support the 5th Annual Arkansas Endangered Species Day Art contest, which encourages children to learn about endang ... Read More


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