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Arkansas's Native Seed Program Featured in National Webinar

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, September 02, 2020

ANHC Chief of Research, Theo Witsell, and Arkansas Native Seed Program (ANSP) Coordinator, Jennifer Ogle recently presented the “Natural Areas as Seeds for Restoration: The Arkansas Native Seed Pr ... Read More

New Place to Park, Hit the Trail at Sweden Creek Falls

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, September 02, 2020

A new, larger parking area recently opened at Sweden Creek Falls Natural Area (NA) and the trail has been rerouted to begin there. For several years, parking at the natural area has been inadequat ... Read More

Updated Study Guide Ready for New School Year

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, September 02, 2020

One of our longest running and most popular educational offerings is the “Natural Divisions of Arkansas – A Classroom Guide,” (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=128193) the educational program, and othe ... Read More

A Journey Through 1800s Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, September 02, 2020

by Leslie Patrick Have you ever wondered about the native plants and animals that were in Arkansas in the 1800s? Were they the same or different than what we encounter today? If you were to ti ... Read More

Reassessment of Arkansas Crayfish Conservation Ranks

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, July 16, 2020

by Dustin Lynch The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) has been working since its establishment in 1973 to protect and document the amazing biodiversity of the Natural State. This is acco ... Read More

Crayfish Diversity at the ANHC's System of Natural Areas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, July 16, 2020

by Dustin Lynch One of my favorite things about my job as the aquatic ecologist for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) has undoubtedly been conducting biological inventories of our am ... Read More

The Crayfishes of Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, July 16, 2020

by Dustin Lynch The Natural State is aptly named not only for its beautiful natural landscapes, but its incredible biodiversity. From rare glade-dwelling plants to salamander species found only on ... Read More

The Mystery of the Leopard-spotted Crayfish

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, July 16, 2020

by Dustin Lynch Sometimes biologists get a chance to play detective, as we did on a particular “case” in early 2019. For the last two years, I’ve collaborated closely with Brian Wagner, aquatic wi ... Read More

The Crayfish Story No One Believed (But Turned Out to Be True)

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

by Theo Witsell I grew up as a city kid, born and raised in downtown Little Rock, surrounded by more pavement than plants. In the second grade I went to Williams Magnet School, in what was then th ... Read More

A Beautiful Giant in Ozark Streams: The Longpincered Crayfish

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

by Dustin Lynch Arkansans who have spent any time outdoors are quite familiar with crayfish (also called crawfish, crawdads, or mudbugs), whether it be catching a glimpse of the stream-dwelling sp ... Read More


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