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June 15, 2011 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

Working woodlands for wildlife: Open it up
JASPER – A scenic forest of large, old and stately oak trees may catch an admiring eye, but it’s far from what wildlife needs.

Precautions, alertness can prevent swimming tragedies
LITTLE ROCK – It is summer, school is out and families are going swimming. In Arkansas, that often means lakes, which rarely include lifeguards.

Recreational mowing – What are the wildlife costs?
LITTLE ROCK – Spring and summer brings a bounty of vegetation valuable to wildlife to Arkansas. Native grasses, wild flowers, green briar, blackberries and a host of other plants that help wildlife may be found in old pastures, odd areas, ditch banks, pond edges, field borders or abandoned fields on private property across the state.

Firing range opens in Batesville
BATESVILLE – The newest public firing range in Arkansas officially opened its doors June 11. The Independence County Firing Range near Pfeiffer will be known as the Paul H. "Rocky" Willmuth Sport Shooting Complex. The complex was named after Willmuth, who was instrumental in securing funds to build the facility at 3600 N. St. Louis St., a few miles north of Batesville.

Fish measurement: Tip of nose to tip of tail
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas fishing regulations on many waters include rules about the length of a particular species of fish.

50 Arkansas fire crews trained for water emergencies
LITTLE ROCK – More than 300 firefighters from 20 Arkansas counties trained for water emergencies at DeGray Lake earlier this month. It was the largest Arkansas Fire Boat School in eight years.

15th Butterfly Festival is June 24-25 at Mount Magazine
PARIS – The 15th annual Mount Magazine International Butterfly Festival takes place on the square in Paris and atop nearby Mount Magazine State Park, June 24-25.
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