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Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last month, The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed an elk was the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in the natural state. Since then, two deer have also tested positive for the deadly disease.

While the disease can’t be contracted to humans, it is still something Arkansans should take seriously.

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Work planned for Corps’ parks in Russellville

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Work planned for Corps’ parks in Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Corps of Engineers will be constructing two food plots about two acres in size on the south side of Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary. 

A small dozer will prepare the ground for planting by removing small trees and underbrush.  Trees beneficial to wildlife such as oak, black cherry, and some maples will remain, while trees such as sweet gum, elm, black willow, and box elder will be removed. 

Removing unwanted vegetation allows sunlight to reach the food plots, while leaving beneficial trees to compliment the clover, rye, oats and winter wheat being planted. 

About two acres of food plots at Old Post Road Park in Russellville were recently planted for wildlife benefit and increased viewing opportunities near the campground and disc golf course.

Park plans for possible flooding at Tyler Bend Campground

Park plans for possible flooding at Tyler Bend Campground

HARRISON, Ark. (Buffalo National River) -  Although most of the immediate damage and anticipated threats appear to be concentrated in the Newton County portion of Buffalo National River, the park is taking steps in view of a high probability of flooding at Tyler Bend Campground off Highway 65 in Searcy County.  Park Maintenance has removed electrical assets in the flood plain at Tyler Bend.  

Until the threat passes, the pavilion restroom and group site restrooms will be closed.  Also closed are the group sites and walk-in campsites.  The “peanut loop” on higher ground will remain open with functioning restrooms and water.  If river levels rise above the 33 foot level at the Highway 65 bridge further closures may be necessary. These closures will include the remaining restrooms and campsites in the TB campground.

For current information and status of closures please call the Tyler Bend Visitor Center at 870/439-2502.  

Winter at the Lake, “A celebration of our natural wonders”

Winter at the Lake, “A celebration of our natural wonders”

RUSELLVILLE, Ark. (Lake Dardanelle State Park) - Bring the whole family to the park for this one day winter event. On December 7, 2013 there will be programs, crafts, and refreshments all free of charge. Activities will be going on starting at 9 a.m. and ending with the trimming of our tree at 4:30 p.m.

Step out of the cold and into the Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center and warm up with some hot spiced tea and hot chocolate. Catch up on some Christmas shopping during the 20% off sale in the gift shop. During the day you will get a chance to make some bird ornaments for your tree at home, create a bird feeder made from recycled materials, and measure up to an Eagle.

Lake Dardanelle among Fishhound's 50 Best Crappie Lakes

Lake Dardanelle among Fishhound's 50 Best Crappie Lakes

Want to land some bragging size crappie?  Maybe even break the current IGFA all-tackle record? You’d be wise to fish the lakes rated by Fishhound.com as the best in the country for oversized slabs.

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Eagle tours and more at Lake Dardanelle

Eagle tours and more at Lake Dardanelle

Eagle Tours – Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the American Bald Eagle.  Many other spectacular birds will be in the area for viewing including American White Pelicans, ducks, and Snow Geese. Please dress warmly as temperatures and winds are more severe on the lake. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible for our tours we will be taking reservations this year.  You will need to call the visitor center at 479-967-5516 to reserve your seat.  We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour, at the boat dock near the Tournament Weigh-In Facility.  Also, in case of inclement weather, call 1 hour before tour time for possible cancellations.

Tuesday, February 12th