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October 26, 2011 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

Date10/26/2011
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ALC announces opening of Lower Mississippi River Water Trail with conservation of 1,500-acre Buck Island
HELENA-WEST HELENA – The first leg of a new Lower Mississippi River Water Trail has been established through the conservation of 1,500-acre Buck Island near Helena-West Helena thanks to the efforts of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the American Land Conservancy, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other partners. The announcement caps a six-year campaign to protect the wildlife-rich island and create the public access launching point for the trail.

AGFC tours elk country during monthly meeting
HARRISON – In the heart of elk country, Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission toured several projects designed to benefit not only Arkansas’s elk herd, but numerous species of wildlife. The Commission was in Harrison last week for its monthly meeting.

Lower White Oak Lake repair timeline includes public meetings
CHIDESTER – Two public meetings are part of a timeline for the repair of Lower White Oak Lake. The two meetings will be held Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Camden Regional Office. Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m.

Repairs to Harris Brake Dam result in dry waterfowl area
PERRYVILLE - The Harris Brake Wildlife Management Area will not be filled for the beginning of duck season due to emergency repairs on the Harris Brake Lake water control structure. Due to continued deterioration of the gate and discharge pipe that drains into the waterfowl area, it is crucial that repairs be made this winter.

Commission approves trails and recreation facilities grant programs
LITTLE ROCK – Earlier this summer, Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved up to $1 million for the Wildlife Observation Trails Pilot Program and up to $500,000 for the Wildlife Recreation Facilities Pilot Program.

More than 146,600 pounds of fish stocked in September
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Game and Fish Commission crews stocked over 270,000 fish in Arkansas lakes and rivers during September, according to Mark Oliver, chief of the Fisheries Division. The total stocking of fish weighed more than 146,600 pounds.
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