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Holimon Appointed to NAA Board

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission’s (ANHC) Director, Bill Holimon, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Natural Areas Association (NAA). The NAA is the only national, non-profit membership organization that is dedicated to the support and advancement of the community of natural area professionals.

NAA members work to protect and restore natural areas, ecosystems, and landscapes. The NAA hosts an annual Natural Areas Conference; provides students with conference scholarships and programming, awards, and career guidance; and publishes a peer-reviewed, internationally recognized journal for scientists and natural areas professionals, the Natural Areas Journal. The organization maintains strategic partnerships with federal and state land managers, private conservation organizations, and universities; and advocates with decision makers in Washington, D.C.

Recently, the NAA co-hosted a two-day regional workshop with the ANHC in central Arkansas to learn more about managing land for pollinators and Arkansas’s efforts to develop native seed resources, featuring the Arkansas Native Seed Program. This spring, staff (including Holimon) from the ANHC published “The Devil and the Deep Blue Lake: How Natural Area Acquisition and Stewardship Helps Protect the Major Drinking Reservoir in Northwestern Arkansas” in a special issue of the Natural Areas Journal that focused on managing land from a water quality perspective. In 2015, the ANHC, NAA, and The Nature Conservancy co-hosted the 42nd annual NAA national conference in Little Rock. Holimon was the Program Chair for the conference and has worked for the ANHC and partners on natural areas projects for 19 years.


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