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Spotlight on Non-Native Invasive Plants

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Competitive Advantage Every species of plant or animal has a native home – somewhere that it has existed for thousands of years. Non-native invasive plant species are plants artificially introdu ... Read More

A Ghost Plant for Halloween

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, October 30, 2015

There are exceptions to almost every rule in nature. We humans make the “rules” for our own benefit, trying to understand the life around us, and when we find exceptions, it just helps to remind u ... Read More

Late-Blooming Plants Can Help Fall Migrants

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Many of us associate migration with spring and fall, because the majority of migration is seasonal. In the spring, we plant and tend flowerbeds, and anticipate the colorful blooms that are the rew ... Read More

Water Quality Sampling at Big Creek

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) recently hosted a field trip to Big Creek Natural Area for visitors and commission ... 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

​Theo Witsell Featured in AP Story About Botany

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, June 19, 2015

ANHC’s botanist Theo Witsell was recently featured in an article published by the Associated Press (AP) in over 100 media outlets across the U.S. and internationally. The article focused on the i ... Read More

Monarchs Need Native Milkweed

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, February 26, 2015

Often called the “king” of butterflies, iconic black and orange monarchs are probably one of the most recognized and well-known North American butterflies. Early settlers dubbed them “King Billies ... 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

International Scientists Visit ANHC's "Zapovedniks"

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, November 24, 2014

Recently three ANHC staff members led tours for visiting scientists who wanted to see our “zapovedniks.” They took three Russian scientists (who use the word “zapovednik” for nature reserve or pro ... Read More

ANHC Botanists Guide Seed Collection Expedition

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In early October, ANHC botanists Theo Witsell and Brent Baker participated in a seed collecting expedition to sites throughout the Arkansas portion of the Interior Highlands (the Ozark Plateau, Ou ... Read More


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