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June 30, 2010 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

Henderson stepping down as AGFC director; Hitchcock to become interim director
LITTLE ROCK - Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission last week announced that Scott Henderson is stepping down as the agency’s director Sept. 1. Henderson has been the agency director since 2003. He has worked for the AGFC since 1972.

Morgan leaves long legacy with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
LITTLE ROCK – Brett Morgan’s term on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission ends July 1, but his work fulfilling the agency’s mission—to wisely manage Arkansas’ fish and wildlife resources while providing maximum enjoyment for the people—will carry on for many years.

24 hunters win elk permits for upcoming 2010 season
JASPER – For 24 lucky people, the highlight of the Buffalo River Elk Festival is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission drawing for elk hunting permits. Nearly 6,000 people applied for this season’s hunt. The two-segment season will be held Sept. 20 to 24 and Dec. 6 to 10.

USDA to help farmers and ranchers expand habitat for migrating birds
LITTLE ROCK - State Conservationist Mike Sullivan today announced that USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will work with farmers, ranchers and other landowners to develop and enhance habitat for birds making their annual migration south towards the Gulf of Mexico. Sullivan estimates Arkansas will receive $3.3 million for the initiative.

Operation Dry Water nets 17 arrests on Arkansas waters
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officers were out in force on Arkansas’s waters last weekend during “Operation Dry Water 2010.” The enforcement action was part of the second annual national crackdown on those boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Raccoon hunting season begins July 1 in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK – It’s a unique tradition in Arkansas - listening to the dogs run through the woods and the excitement when they’ve treed a raccoon. Raccoon hunting season begins July 1 in Arkansas.

AGFC provides grant for environmental protection in Fayetteville Shale
LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission presented a $640,000 check to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality at the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission meeting last week. The money will be used for cross training between both AGFC and ADEQ personnel for proper water quality monitoring and collecting water samples. The cross training also includes other forms of environmental monitoring and sampling at gas drilling and production sites.

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