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Prairies, Flatwoods, and Seeps - Prime Habitats for Burrowing Crayfish

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

by Theo Witsell I commonly see crayfish chimneys in three distinctive and interesting habitats in Arkansas: 1) flat, seasonally wet prairies, 2) flatwoods, and 3) seeps. All three of these habi ... Read More

Annual Christmas Bird Count in Full Swing

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, December 20, 2019

Now in its 120th year, the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), a program of the National Audubon Society, is a citizen science program and the nation’s longest running bird survey. An early ... 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

ANHC Volunteers Help out Across the State

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, December 21, 2018

ANHC Adopt a Natural Area Program (ANAP) partners and other volunteers have been busy this fall and winter working on natural areas and participating in seed collecting events. We appreciate all o ... Read More

Acres Added to H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, September 28, 2018

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission recently acquired an additional 81.8 acres at H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area (http://www.naturalheritage.com/natural-areas/h-e-flanagan-prairie-natural ... Read More

Three Tracts Add Acreage to H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, June 25, 2018

Three tracts of high-quality prairie remnants have added 116.94 acres to H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area (NA) (/natural-areas/h-e-flanagan-prairie-natural-area) in Franklin County. The three c ... Read More

WAMN Hosts Work Day at Adopted Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Western Arkansas Master Naturalists (WAMN) recently held a work day at Cherokee Prairie Natural Area (/natural-areas/cherokee-prairie-natural-area) in Franklin County. The WAMN has adopted the ... Read More

ANHC Recognizes ANAP Groups

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, September 28, 2017

Founded in 2016, the ANHC’s Adopt a Natural Area Program (ANAP) (/Get-Involved/volunteer) encourages groups to sign up to adopt a local natural area as stewards, helping conduct volunteer event ... Read More

Upcoming Native Seed Collection Events

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Last fall, the ANHC and Audubon Arkansas held seed collection days to collect native prairie seed for habitat restoration projects. These volunteer events marked the beginning of the Arkansas Nat ... 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


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