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EPA looking to give out grants to address health, environment issues

EPA looking to give out grants to address health, environment issues

UNDATED -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 office in Dallas is accepting grant applications for $100,000 in funding to support projects designed to educate and enable communities to understand and address local health and environmental issues.

These grants are available in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Eligible applicants from non-profit, faith-based and tribal organizations working in the community of the proposed project are encouraged to apply.

EPA Region 6 will award four grants of $25,000 to support projects that address a community's local environmental issues through collaborative partnerships.

AETN spotlights wildlife refuges

AETN spotlights wildlife refuges

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) —“Arkansas’s National Wildlife Refuges,” a special edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) on Sunday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m.

“National Wildlife Refuges are the best of what ‘wild America’ has to offer,” host Chuck Dovish said. “There aren't any better places for children and adults alike to learn about the natural world.”

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world’s premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife and plants. Since its inception in 1903, the system has grown to more than 150 million acres, 553 national wildlife refuges and other units of the Refuge System, plus 38 wetland management districts.

Game and Fish Commission wants your input

Game and Fish Commission wants your input

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Due to the inclement weather, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has rescheduled the agency’s public input meetings. The meetings have been rescheduled, and in some cases relocated, for Tuesday, Feb. 8.

The meetings are part of the AGFC’s annual hunting-regulations process, giving hunters the opportunity to make comments and proposals for the 2011-12 hunting seasons.

The meetings will be held 7 - 9 p.m., Feb. 8, at the following locations:

Jonesboro - Forrest L.

Experience the Wilderness Adventure

Experience the Wilderness Adventure

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – There will be a Wilderness Adventure Camp held at Lake Dardanelle State Park from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info call 967-5516.

Protect yourself from sick bats

Protect yourself from sick bats

RUSSELLVILLE, AR -- Natural resource managers have begun winter monitoring of Arkansas caves to determine if a deadly fungus is present in some Arkansas bat populations.  White-nose syndrome, a disease fatal to bats, has killed more than one million bats in the last four years.  It has not yet been found in Arkansas.


Biologists from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Ozark National Forest are working together in the cave rich northern region of the state where caving is a popular pastime and visitors tour the deep recesses of Blanchard Springs Caverns.   White “fuzz” around the muzzle (hence the name) or white spots on the wings and body are telltale signs of the disease.

 
The agencies urge members of the public to pay special attention to bats this winter and report unusual behavior or the presence of dead bats to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at 1-877-470-3650.

This week at Lake Dardenelle State Park

Tuesday, January 4th

1:30 pm – What’s for Lunch? – See our aquarium exhibit! We have 8,000 gallons of aquariums, filled with many of the fish species found in Lake Dardanelle. Join park staff, as they feed the fish live food. See for yourself, just what do those fish eat for lunch?

Thursday, January 6th

3p.m. – Eagle Tour –Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer 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 white pelicans, ducks, and snow geese.