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AGFC’s Luker earns national recognition for quail conservation

Sept. 27, 2023

MONTICELLO — The National Bobwhite and Grassland Initiative recently awarded Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Biologist David Luker the 2023 Arkansas Firebird Award. The award is presented annually to a biologist in each nominating state who goes above and beyond to improve habitat for northern bobwhites and other grassland species through the use of prescribed fire and other land management tools.

Northwest Arkansas Land Trust announces 580-acre conservation easement to preserve critical wildlife habitat

Sept. 13, 2023

FAYETTEVILLE — Northwest Arkansas Land Trust recently announced the establishment of a significant 580-acre conservation easement in Crawford County in collaboration with landowners Philip and Rebecca Thompson.

Duck numbers drop in breeding grounds

Aug. 23, 2023

LITTLE ROCK – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its report on the 2023 Waterfowl Population Status late last week, and the numbers of ducks slid from 2022’s estimate, with drop attributed to extremely dry habitat conditions on the breeding grounds of Canada and the northernmost U.S.

Departee Creek diversity surprises hunters and birdwatchers

Aug. 23, 2023

BRADFORD – Henry Gray Hurricane Lake Wildlife Management Area nearby is far more renowned, and vastly larger, but there are three tracts of land just to the north in White County that make up Departee Creek WMA, which punches well beyond its weight in terms of wildlife opportunities.

AGFC takes to the air for Millwood waterfowl habitat

Aug. 9, 2023

SARATOGA - Thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwest Arkansas Water District and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, waterfowl migrating through the southwestern corner of the state will have hundreds of acres of prime habitat waiting on them, all of it delivered by special air delivery.

High school scholars plant conservation roots in Pine Bluff Harbor

Aug. 9, 2023

PINE BLUFF — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, in cooperation with the American Fisheries Society, led 30 prospective future fisheries biologists in establishing more than 300 yards of aquatic habitat in the Arkansas River in July.

Rock Creek Ranch named Arkansas deer club of the year

Aug. 9, 2023

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission named Rock Creek Ranch in Franklin County as the Deer Management Assistance Program Club of the year at the second annual Natural State Landowner Conservation Awards banquet held at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in downtown North Little Rock July 19.