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ANHC Kicks Off 2019 Prescribed Fire Season

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, October 08, 2019

by John O'Dell For the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), the annual prescribed burn season usually begins in September, and continues through the winter into early spring. Depending on  ... Read More

The Historic Role of Fire in Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, October 08, 2019

by Theo Witsell Our modern landscape is so different from that of the past that it is hard for us to understand the magnitude of fire’s historic role in shaping plant communities in Arkansas. Befo ... Read More

Annual Burn School Trains Prescribed Fire Professionals

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, October 08, 2019

by Brian Mitchell Each year prescribed fire professionals around the state train to ensure that they are capable of effectively and safely conducting prescribed fire activities. This training enta ... Read More

Fire Ecology in Arkansas Ecosystems

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, October 08, 2019

by Theo Witsell Across Arkansas, as in states across the Southeast, many native plants and animals depend on grassland and open woodland habitat. This seems like a paradox to many people, who were ... Read More

Council Provides Network, Training for Prescribed Fire Professionals

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, October 08, 2019

by Brian Mitchell The Arkansas Prescribed Fire Council (APFC) was formed in 1997 (formerly known as the Arkansas Prescribed Fire Committee) to promote the benefits of prescribed fire to agen ... Read More

ANHC Staff Teach at Burn School

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, November 04, 2016

Fire is one of the major lacking ecological processes in the landscape today. When used as part of an integrated management plan, prescribed fire (/blog/prescribed-fire-a-helpful-management-tool)  ... Read More

Neighbors at Middle Fork Barrens Pitch In to Remove Cedar

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

ANHC has been working to remove Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) from Middle Fork Barrens Natural Area (NA) (/natural-areas/middle-fork-barrens-natural-area) in Saline County. Middle Fork  ... Read More

RCW Populations Continue to Grow

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thanks to efforts by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), and its partners throughout the state, red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis, RCW) populations increased this year on thr ... 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

Habitat Restoration Helps Many Species

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) uses a variety of techniques to restore lands (http://www.naturalheritage.com/Natural_Areas/natural-area-stewardship) to a different time – a time b ... Read More


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