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System of Natural Areas Surpasses 70,000-acre milestone

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, December 18, 2020

The ANHC closed on the acquisition of a 636.3-acre tract that is an addition to Warren Prairie Natural Area (NA) in southern Arkansas. Total cost was $1,240,000 with $930,000 paid for with a U.S.  ... Read More

Long-awaited Field Guide Published by Ozark Society Foundation; ANHC's Witsell is Co-Author

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, December 18, 2020

The Ozark Society Foundation (OSF) has published “Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Arkansas,” a long-awaited comprehensive field guide to woody plants across Arkansas. With 536 pages, 1,500 color ... Read More

Partnership Discovers Caves on Natural Areas, Creates Maps

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, December 18, 2020

ANHC staff members Emily Roberts and Ryan Leeson-Spotts have been partnering with Dr. Kayla Sapkota, vice president of the Cave Research Foundation (CRF), and other CRF volunteers to discover, inv ... Read More

ANHC Herbarium Contributes Specimen Records to Recently Published Research

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, December 18, 2020

ANHC botanist and Arkansas herbarium digitization coordinator, Diana Soteropoulos, co-authored a scientific paper published in the American Journal of Botany in November titled, “Small herbaria co ... Read More

ANHC Staff Chase Rare Birds

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, December 17, 2020

In November, two exceptionally rare birds in Arkansas — evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) and fork-tailed flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) — were observed in The Natural State ... Read More

Annual Christmas Bird Count Continues Despite Pandemic

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) (https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count) enters its 121st year this December, continuing its successful annual  ... Read More

Looking for a Getaway? Come Hang Out at Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Do you enjoy the beauty of nature but want to keep your creature comforts? Are you thinking of getting away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, but don’t want to go far? Hoping to find a way ... Read More

WeDigBio 2020 Update

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Plants of Arkansas project on Notes from Nature (NfN) recently participated in its sixth WeDigBio transcription blitz; the ANHC has hosted events for three of the blitzes. During the four-day  ... Read More

Foothills Arkansas Master Naturalists Build Bridges

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, November 17, 2020

by Leslie Patrick The Foothills Arkansas Master Naturalists (FAMN), one of ANHC’s Adopt a Natural Area Program (ANAP) partners (/Get-Involved/volunteer), recently built and installed two new footb ... Read More

Volunteer Makes a Dent in Graffiti at Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, November 16, 2020

Last December, the ANHC hosted a cleanup event (/blog/volunteers-help-out-at-three-natural-areas) at Dardanelle Rock Natural Area (NA) in Yell County. Local community volunteers and ANHC staff pic ... Read More


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