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June 20, 2012 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

AGFC wildlife officers gear up for Operation Dry Water
LITTLE ROCK – Nationally, recreational boating fatalities last year jumped to their highest levels since 1998 and boating under the influence was the leading contributing factor, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s report, 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics. The report comes just weeks before marine law enforcement officers nationwide turn out for Operation Dry Water, an annual campaign focused on enforcement of BUI laws and educating all boaters about the risks of operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

AGFC stocks more than 2.1 million fish in Arkansas during May
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Game and Fish Commission crews stocked over 2.1 million fish in Arkansas lakes and rivers during May, according to Mark Oliver, chief of the Fisheries Division. The total stocking of fish weighed more than 98,300 pounds.

New site aids owners in conservation of forests, farms, wildlife and water
CONWAY- To help offset deep cuts in public conservation funding, Resources First Foundation, a non-profit organization, has unveiled a new free resource for private landowners. It is called the Arkansas Conservation Center.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes delisting of Magazine Mountain shagreen
PARIS – The slow-moving Magazine Mountain shagreen snail is winning the race to become the first invertebrate to be proposed for delisting under the Endangered Species Act.
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