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Public meeting scheduled to discuss recent changes in NE Arkansas WMA

CORNING – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a public meeting on Sept. 6 to discuss the upcoming waterfowl season, Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area seasonal flooding and recent changes in the practice of public maintenance. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Corning's M.B. Ainley Community Center.

In the past, sportsmen were allowed to perform maintenance on public duck blinds and existing waterfowl holes on three WMAs, including Dave Donaldson Black River WMA, in northeastern Arkansas. Due to past violations, that routine will no longer be allowed by the AGFC. Violations have included the illegal use of herbicides and excessive clearing of existing waterfowl openings.

Another concern is the possible degradation of habitat by ATVs due to flooding this spring and summer. Enforcement officers will be monitoring all state-owned waterfowl areas to ensure compliance.