Arkansas Wildlife Federation

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Arkansas Wildlife Federation’s Official Wildlife Photographer
Tim Carr is one of the most talented wildlife photographers in Arkansas and has contributed many outstanding wildlife photographs that are reproduced in the AWF newspaper – Arkansas Out-of-Doors, the annual AWF Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet book, and other publications by AWF. Tim Carr has an outstanding website which displays the many wildlife photos he has produced.

The National Wildlife Federation
NWF is America’s largest conservation organization and is the only conservation organization that places a high priority on working with families and children. NWF’s mission is to “inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
The mission of the U.S. Fish and WildlifeServices, working with others, is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitat for their continuing benefits of the American People.

Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment – air, water, and land – upon which life depends.

USDA Forest Service
The phrase “Caring  for the Land and Serving People” captures the Forest Service mission.  As set forth in law, the mission is to achieve quality land management under sustainable multiple-use management to meet the diverse needs of the        people.

The Buffalo National River

This river is consider one of America’s favorite canoeing and hiking adventures. Some one million people visit the Buffalo National River every year. The park is divided up into three segments: 1.) the upper 2.) the middle and 3.) the lower river. The middle and lower segments are in the Twin Lakes Area. The upper segment is about 70 minutes from Mountain Home, Arkansas. Depending on where you are in the Twin Lakes, access to the Buffalo National River is only a few minutes away, or as much as 75 minutes.

The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

They are really two separate Forests with many differences – distinct in their own topographical, geological, biological, cultural and social differences, yet each makes up a part of the overall National Forest system. The Ozark National Forest covers 1.2 million acres, mostly in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas. The tallest mountain in the State is Mount Magazine, and it has an incredible, living underground cave. The St. Francis National Forest covers 22,600 acres in eastern Arkansas, and is one of the smallest and most diverse forests in the country. These forests are generously endowed with recreational opportunities for camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, hunting, boating, scenic drives, picnics sites, and opportunities for wildlife viewing also abound.  

The Ouachita National Forest

It covers nearly 1.8 million acres in central Arkansas and southeast Oklahoma. It is the oldest and largest National Forest in the Southern Region. When first established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907, it was named the Arkansas National Forest. President Calvin Coolidge renamed it to Ouachita in 1926. Ouachita (pronounced wash-i-tah) is the French spelling of a Native American word meaning “good hunting ground.” The Ouachita is primarily a pine-hickory mix. It has over 700 miles of trails for various activities such as hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, off-road vehicles, and trails that allow for accessibility. There are 35 developed recreation areas, 7 scenic areas, 43 vistas, 5 float camps, 11 shooting ranges, 2 historical sites, 6 wilderness areas, and 1 national recreation area. Most of the developed recreation areas are open April through September, but some sites are open year-round.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

The mission of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is to wisely manage all the fish and wildlife resources of Arkansas while providing maximum enjoyment for the people.

Arkansas State Parks

Since its creation, Arkansas State Parks system has held true to its four basic charges:

  • To provide optimum quality recreational and educational opportunities in sufficient quantities and conveniently located to meet the experience needs of state citizens and visitors;
  • To safeguard the natural, historical and cultural resources by providing adequate facilities and skilled leadership in state parks;
  • To enhance the economy of the state by providing recreation destinations and leisure services closely attuned to the natural, historical and cultural appeal of Arkansas, and ;
  • To provide responsible leadership statewide for the conservation of valuable state resources   

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

The mission of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission is to identify and protect remaining high-quality natural communities and maintain information on the distribution and status of rare species that live within the state. As Arkansas continues to grow and develop, it is vital that ANHC identify and protect the best examples of Arkansas remaining natural heritage. By focusing its attention upon those natural communities and species that need the most protection, ANHC can help to ensure that Arkansas’s unique natural diversity is not lost. 

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

The mission of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is to protect Arkansas’ priceless natural resources – its air, water and land – from the threat of pollution. ADEQ is committed to protect, enhance, and restore the natural environment for the well-being of all Arkansans.


Natural Awakenings magazine

River Network

Izaak Walton League of America

Natural Resources Conservation Services/USDA


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