Arkansas Wildlife Federation

The Arkansas Wildlife Federation was founded in 1936. During that time AWF has had many successes, and AWF vitally important work continues today. Listed below are a few of AWF past efforts and some that are ongoing to give an idea of the importance of these tasks. On many of these efforts, AWF worked in cooperation with other organizations and agencies.

  • In 1944, AWF sponsored and worked for the passage of Amendment 35, creating the modern-day, autonomous, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. The Arkansas Wildlife Federation was the major
  • One of the conservation organizations responsible for supporting state legislation that established  the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission – one of the leading wildlife agencies in the nation.
  • From the mid-1980s until its adoption in 1996, AWF helped develop and pass the 1/8 of 1% Conservation Sales Tax Amendment that funded programs and operation of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
  • In August, 2003, AWF published the Arkansas Wildlife Federation Duck Report, “Improving the Quality of Duck Hunting in Arkansas.” This 60-page research project has received praise throughout the state and nation. It has resulted in changes in duck hunting regulations that improved the quality of duck hunting in Arkansas.
  • AWF, along with other agencies and organizations, successfully challenged the Army Corps of Engineers’ plans to channel the Cache River in East Arkansas, one of the nation’s most important regions for waterfowl.
  • AWF has worked for years to champion water conservation, protecting lakes, rivers, watersheds, and aquifers throughout the state.
  • AWF recognizes the Lower White River as one of America’s most important regions of fish & wildlife habitat. AWF realizes the economic importance of the navigation channel and supports the economic and environmental integrity of the river.
  • In the 1970’s, AWF, along with other conservation organizations, was instrumental in the reduction of clear-cutting in the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests.
  • AWF continues its support of protecting high-quality streams, such as Crooked Creek, and supports better regulations to protect streams and rivers from in-stream-gravel mining.
  • In the 1990’s, AWF worked cooperatively in developing the concept, planning and implementation of the Oak Forest Symposium. This meeting addressed the issue of the decline of oaks in Arkansas’ national forests. More than 350 natural resource professionals attended the symposium.
  • AWF supported land trades with Weyerhaeuser and Potlatch that resulted in over 100,000 acres of wildlife-rich lands being added to national wildlife refuges located within Arkansas.
  • AWF worked with other conservation groups to convince the government to locate the Great River Bridge downstream from Big Island, protecting valuable habitat.
  • Since June 1946, AWF has published  Arkansas Out-of-Doors, now a bi-monthly newspaper relating to hunting, fishing and conservation issues impacting fish & wildlife, ecological habitats, and the environment.
  • AWF organized regional Farm Seminars to inform farmers of the financial benefits of government programs that encourage conservation.
  • AWF conducted waterfowl seminars that dealt with habitat management, biology and related topics.
  • AWF conducted conservation contests in schools, encouraging students to become more aware of wildlife, their habitats and the environment.
  • AWF works with the media to promote conservation through the use of news releases, interviews and public service announcements.
  • AWF presents the Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards to Arkansans who go the “extra mile” to benefit the state’s fish & wildlife, ecological habitats, and natural resources in promoting Arkansas as “the Natural State.”
  • AWF is a part of the Bearcat Hollow Cooperative Habitat Improvement Project, located in the Ozark Highlands. Bearcat Hollow is a land restoration project to help reestablish a rich terrestrial and aquatic environment for all forms of animal life in the area. See a video of Volunteers working on the project.
  • AWF assists the Traildogs with the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) building project, a 45-mile hiking and biking trail that extends from Denby Point (Mount Ida, Arkansas) to Blakely Dam, providing a very picturesque view along the shoreline and mountainous terrain surrounding Lake Ouachita. The project is a cooperative effort of U.S. Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Forest Service, and a variety of volunteers since 2006.
  • AWF currently utilizes multiple social media sites to promote the organization beyond the official AWF website, including Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter. Arkansas Out-of-Doors is also available to read at
  • AWF has was cosponsored an annual student art show with Creative Ideas since 2010. The “Wildlife of Arkansas” contest is open to any Arkansas student, grades K-12. An annual awards ceremony publicly recognizes the winning artists. The winning art is placed on display at the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Nature Centers across the state. In 2013 a calendar showcasing the winning art was produced for the 2014 calendar year.
  • AWF gives away 10,000-20,000 native-to-Arkansas trees per year thanks to the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Members provide Arbor and Earth Day events for schools across the state, not only donating trees for the school or students to take home and plant, but teaching them the importance of native trees for wildlife, environmental, and human use.

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