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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

Restoring Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands With Fire

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, October 04, 2019

by Theo Witsell The specific effects of fire depend largely on the intensity and also the timing, or seasonality, of a particular burn. Stand replacement fires, intense fires that move through the ... Read More

The Ecological Time Machine: GLO Records

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Sunday, January 28, 2018

by Theo Witsell Ecologists are always wishing they could go back in time and see how the landscape used to look and function. But until someone invents a time machine, we have to rely on the n ... Read More

Adopting Group Holds Volunteer Day at Sweden Creek Falls

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, May 25, 2017

As part of their adoption of Sweden Creek Falls Natural Area (NA) (/natural-areas/sweden-creek-falls-natural-area), through the ANHC’s Adopt a Natural Area Program (ANAP) (/Get-Involved/volunteer) ... Read More

An Unexpected Find in an Unexpected Place

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, November 04, 2016

Unusual sites often support unusual species. That’s the kind of proven biological wisdom that guides the field staff of the ANHC on a daily basis. Sometimes an unusual site is a rare rock or soil  ... Read More

Partnerships Grow, Improving Restoration Efforts and Fish Habitat

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, September 30, 2016

What do rare, rocky glade habitats and the sport fish bass and crappie have in common? For the ANHC and the Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association (http://hsvpoa.org/), the answer is eas ... Read More

Missing Milkweed Found in Baxter County

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Twenty different species of milkweeds have been documented in Arkansas since records started being kept in the early 1800s, but until May of this year only 19 of the 20 could be accounted for. The ... 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

Partnership Benefits Two Agencies: Restoration of Prairies and Glades for Fish and Anglers

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) (http://www.agfc.com/Pages/default.aspx) are partnering on a project that will aid in prairie and glade r ... Read More

Restoring Shale Glades at Middle Fork Barrens

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, December 22, 2014

Middle Fork Barrens (/natural-areas/middle-fork-barrens-natural-area) supports two distinct types of shale glades — dry hillside glades and seasonally-wet flat glades containing intermittent ... Read More


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