Site Menu
AWAP-Funded Projects
Conservation Programs and Partners

Federal funds are available to Arkansas through State Wildlife Grants to monitor, research and protect the needs of wildlife not addressed by funding available for game species or endangered species. To be eligible for these funds, Arkansas developed a comprehensive strategy to effectively allocate the money.

The strategy was authored by teams of wildlife professionals representing public agencies and private organizations. The Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on January 17,2007. The Plan was revised and approved January 2015.

The Arkansas Wildlife Action plan implements the priorities determined by a database of scientific knowledge of wildlife. A total of 377 species of greatest conservation need are addressed in the context of 37 terrestrial habitats and 18 aquatic habitats in 7 ecoregions in Arkansas.

Project Title Lead Agency Status
Habitat Change for Arkansas and White Rivers  Arkansas Game and Fish Commission   
Arkansas and White River Bear Population Radio Collars Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Completed
White River/Felsenthal Bear Survey Arkansas Game and Fish Commission  Completed
Bat Monitoring Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Completed
Desert Shrew Status Survey Arkansas Game and Fish Commission  Completed
Passerine Bird Study Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Completed
Quail/Bluestem Monitoring Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Completed
Distribution and Ecology of the Swamp Rabbit Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Completed
Arkansas River Paddlefish Population Ecology Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Completed
Swallow-tailed Kite Study Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Completed
Ozark Hellbender Study Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Completed
Alligator Survey Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Completed
Arkansas Breeding Bird Atlas University of Arkansas Completed
Effect of Introduced Crayfish on Native Crayfish in Spring River Drainage University of Arkansas Completed
Stream Crayfish in Northwest Arkansas with emphasis on Oronectes williamsi Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Completed
Genetic Study of Illinois Chorus Frog in Arkansas Arkansas State University Completed
Home Range and Habitat use of Eastern Spotted Skunk in the Ouachitas University of Missouri Completed
Status and genetics of Ouachita Mountain crayfish of the genus Procambarus. Southern Arkansas University Completed
Distribution and abundance of the Queen Snake - Regina septemvittata Arkansas State University Completed
Longterm monitoring - Ozark hellbender Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Completed
Large River fisheries - Shovelnose sturgeon and alligator gar Layher Biologics Completed
Status and distribution of Bouchardina robisoni Southern Arkansas University Completed
Status and distribution of mussels, crayfish and salamanders in the Spring River Arkansas State University Completed
Survey of breeding secretive marsh birds in the delta region of Arkansas University of Arkansas Completed
ID, distribution and conservation status of Pleurobema and Fusconaia Arkansas State University Completed
Ozark Pocket Gopher Survey Arkansas State University Completed
Assessing ecological threats to the Upper Saline River The Nauture Conservancy Completed
Site conservation planning for the Lower Ouachita Terraces Landscape The Nature Conservancy Completed
Biology of the Blue Sucker Layher Biologics Completed
Description/Taxonomic analysis Cave Invertebrates The Nature Conservancy Completed
Status review of Arkansas Mammals Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Completed
Status and genetics of Procambarus ferrugineus Southern Arkansas University Completed
Rafinesque's big-eared bat and southeastern bat study Arkansas State University Completed
Cataloging of Arkansas Game And Fish Commission-collected fish and crayfish Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Completed
Status survey of Ouachita Creekshell Arkansas State University Completed
Swallow-tailed kite study Arkansas State University Completed
Herpetofauna of Arkansas database Arkansas State University Completed
Swainson's Warbler Study Arkansas State University Completed
Cerulean Warbler Study Arkansas State University Completed
Status Survey of Grassland Birds in Arkansas Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission Completed
Diana Fritillary in Arkansas University of Arkansas at Little Rock Completed
Ozark Pocket Gopher Survey, part II Arkansas State University Completed
Home Range and Habitat Use of the Eastern Spotted Skunk in the Ouachita Mountains, part II University of Missouri Completed
Abundance and Distribution of Fishes in Floodplain wetlands of the Arkansas River University of Central Arkansas Completed
Reassessment of Species Boundaries in the Endemic Arkansas Salamanders of the Plethodon ouachitae Complex Using Molecular Phylogeographic Techniques College of Staten Island, New York Completed
Demography, Causes of Nesting Failures and Habitat of Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites in the White River NWR Arkansas State University Completed
Enhancing habitat for Northern Bobwhite & Bachman's Sparrow Delta The Nature Conservancy Completed
Preserving Aquatic Habitat Strawberry River Sediment Reduction The Nature Conservancy Completed
Kingsland Prairie Conservation Area Plan The Nature Conservancy Completed
Blackland Prairie Ecosystem Habitat Restoration The Nature Conservancy Completed
Prairie and Grassland Bird Habitat Restoration at Stuttgart Airport   Completed
Status report on the Southern Cavefish (Typhlichthys subterraneus) Arkansas State University Completed
Orconectes of the Ozarks St., Louis University Completed
Gene Flow and Genetic Structuring of Yellowcheek Darters (Etheostoma moorei) in the Little Red River watershed Arkansas State University Completed
Hidden Diversity in Arkansas Freshwater Mussels:  Description of new species and Genera with Determination of Species Ranges for the Genus Lampsilis Arkansas State University Completed

 

 Proposed Project
A population genomic framework for prioritizing fish species of greatest conservation need in the White River Drainage in Arkansas
Age-specific survival and habitat use of Rusty Blackbirds in Arkansas
Cambarus hubbsi Distribution, Population Genetics and Potential Invasive Species Effects in the Ozark Highlands of Arkansas and Missouri
 Conservation genetics of the Ozark pocket gopher
 Constructing a distributional map for winter stonefly species of greatest conservation need in Arkansas
Continuous Monitoring of Water Temperature and Quantity in Headwaters and Tributaries of the Strawberry, Middle Ouachita, Upper Ouachita, Little Missouri, and Caddo Rivers
Creating Required Structural Habitat Diversity in Emergent Wetland Habitat Managed for King Rails on the Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA
Determining factors influencing hydrologic alteration and geomorphic instability in the Illinois River Watershed and potential impacts on mussel SGCN and associated fish communities
Dispersal and Genetic Structure of an Arkansas endemic subspecies, the Ozark Pocket Gopher (Geomys bursarius ozarkensis)
Establishing Baseline Ecological Conditions for Three Ecologically Sensitive Watersheds in Northeastern Arkansas
Expanding Pine Flatwoods Habitat Restoration at Longview Saline Natural Area to Benefit SGCN
Fall Dispersal and Genetic Diversity of Ozark Pocket Gopher
Glade Restoration and Conservation of Ozark-Highland Species of Greatest Need in Northern Arkansas
Habitat use and movement by Strawberry Darter Etheostoma fragi within the Strawberry River basin, Arkansas
Hydrology Alterations in the Illinois River Watershed and Potential Impact on Aquatic Species of Conservation Concern
Mapping and Prioritizing Sediment Sources from Unpaved Roads in the Central Sandhill Ecosystem
Monitoring Illinois Chorus Frog (Pseudacris illinoensis) in Northeast Arkansas
Oak Woodland Restoration
Reducing Sedimentation through Implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) on a Stream Crossing in the Alum Fork Saline Watershed
Transitioning an Ozark Oak Forest to a Woodland Habitat An Evaluation and Demonstration of Woodland Management
Using a Multi-dimensional Approach to Determine the Conservation and Taxonomic statuses of Two Rare Crayfishes in Northern Arkansas