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Arkansas Native Plant Society Makes Big Finds

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) has a long-standing partnership with the Arkansas Native Plant Society (ANPS) (, a non-profit organization devoted to “the preserva ... Read More

Witsell Named Research Associate

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, August 25, 2014

ANHC Botanist Theo Witsell was recently named a Research Associate of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). Focused on conservation and knowledge sharing, BRIT ( ... Read More

Sampling Provides Good News at Kings River

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, August 25, 2014

The ANHC aquatic species biologist Jason Throneberry and staff from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) recently completed water quality and biological sampling on portions of  ... Read More

Book Documents Nearly 3,000 Arkansas Plants

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Arkansas Vascular Flora Committee (AVFC) recently announced the release of a new book: the “Atlas of the Vascular Plants of Arkansas”. This is the most comprehensive accounting of the wild pla ... 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

Work Improves Beauty of Kings River Falls

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, February 28, 2014

If you visit Kings River Natural Area this spring, you will see the results of a great partnership with the ANHC, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, private landowners, and Madison County, tha ... Read More

New Plant for Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, March 16, 2012

During recent field inventory on native prairies in the Arkansas Valley, ANHC staff discovered a plant previously only known from Texas! The new Arkansas population is approximately 400 miles from ... Read More

Response to a Reader Question

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, November 19, 2010

Last month we wrote about our work to protect the endangered plant, pondberry. The article was very popular and generated a fantastic reader question: “This plant looks so similar to s ... Read More

Protecting Pondberry

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Sunday, October 10, 2010

ANHC’s System of Natural Areas ( protects a number of rare, threatened and endangered plants. One of these plants is pondberry (Lin ... Read More

Not All Botanical Discoveries Are Happy Ones

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, February 01, 2010

ANHC Botanist Theo Witsell and Chief of Acquisitions and Stewardship Bryan Rupar made an important but unhappy plant discovery recently in Craighead County. While on a trip to look for rare plants ... Read More

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