The Grand Prairie Area Demonstration Project is a $319 million dollar irrigation project, which proposes to alleviate pressure on rapidly the declining Alluvial and Sparta aquifers in the Grand Prairie region of Arkansas, through the irrigation of rice farms with surface water from the White River. The project will pump as much as 1.06 billion gallons a day form the white river distributing it to 867 farms through a 650-mile distribution system that includes 184 miles of new canals, 177 miles of new pipeline, and 120 low-water dams. It is not hard to imagine how devastating this project will be to the internationally acclaimed wetlands, and some of the many diverse ecological communities which reside there. The plan does not explore, environmentally sound, less costly alternatives (link to PDF on alternatives to GP) to the issue of the declining aquifers.
Grand Prairie and Effects on Wildlife
Currently White River water contributes immensely to the health and vitality of the ecosystem that exists on the river and within the vast seasonal flood plane. In addition, the water from the White River is the life blood of Cache River and the White River National Wildlife Refuges down stream. Many plants and wildlife which are adapted to the natural flood cycles of the river will be negatively affected as flood water is removed for the project. The Army Corp of Engineers has failed to conduct a thorough analysis of the projects effects on the wildlife in the area, not to mention the recently rediscovered Ivory billed woodpecker.
Based on the current plan the Project will threaten: The largest concentration of mallard ducks in North America, which come to the area to winter, along with numerous species of migratory songbirds, waterfowl, and other birds. In addition a diverse freshwater fishery which includes more than 100 species of fish and more than 30 species of mussels is a risk. The only remaining native population of black bears in Arkansas, the pink mucket Muscle and other threatened species, many non-game wildlife species, including the bobcat, alligator snapping turtle and mink are all at risk from this project.
Grand Prairie Irrigation and the Ivorybill Woodpecker
Following the recent rediscovery of the Ivory billed woodpecker in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in 2005, a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has yet be re-administered after the final EIS was conducted in 2001 before the rediscovery of the woodpecker. Even though the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) stated in 2001 that water withdrawals could affect overall habitat values, including possible long term changes in species composition throughout the area, they still gave the go ahead to the Corps. In addition a formal endangered species act consultation has not been conducted to asses the impacts that the river withdrawals will have on the Ivory bill. The complaint states that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by not completing an adequate survey of the project’s potential impact on the woodpecker and its habitat.
The Arkansas Wildlife Federation is committed to establishing youth conservation clubs in all middle and high schools and colleges throughout the state. Jimmy Reynolds, President of AWF and his wife Melissa, are co-founders of the Youth Conservation Clubs of Arkansas. Jimmy and Melissa Reynolds are working with the AWF state offices to encourage science teachers in middle and high schools and colleges statewide to begin establishing youth conservation clubs. Below are the requirements and expectations of each youth club.
Each youth conservation club must do the following:
Here is what the Arkansas Wildlife Federation will do for each youth conservation club. After they have secured 10 members or more and filed this list with the AWF office with the $50 membership, AWF will immediately prepare and mail the following materials:
The Conservation Education and Information Committee and AWF staff are committed to establishing youth conservation clubs throughout the state during 2008-2009. AWF is exciting and committed to involving thousands students in Arkansas promoting and implementing positive conservation programs at the county, city and community levels.
AWF is the largest and oldest wildlife conservation organization in Arkansas with over 4000+ members in every county in Arkansas. AWF has had a long history of 75-plus years of service in promoting the interests, needs, and programs that benefit hunters and anglers throughout the state. AWF invites hunter and angler clubs and camps throughout Arkansas to become a member of the “Sportsmen Camo Coalition” within the Arkansas Wildlife Federation. Each Sportsmen Camo Coalition club will pay a $50 membership dues or have at least 10 members who agree to pay $5 each to join. Also, if you are in an area without a hunting or fishing club and wish to join the sportsmen camo coalition, you can join as an at-large member which is still only $5 annual membership dues. Through the Sportsmen Camo Coalition, each member will receive the bi-monthly newspaper Arkansas Out-Of-Doors which keeps members informed of key issues and programs impacting Arkansas wildlife and wildlife habitats. Additionally, each Camo Coalition Club and its members will receive special mailings and email alerts from AWF on legislative issues at the state and national levels that impact hunting and fishing practices. AWF encourages local Sportsmen Camo Coalition Clubs to send in articles for the Arkansas Out-Of-Doors and to keep AWF informed of issues and needs of hunters and anglers throughout the state. These Sportsmen Camo Coalition Clubs become the eyes and ears of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation in promoting, protecting, and enhancing wildlife and wildlife habitats, and the natural resources of Arkansas for present and future generations. There will be an annual meeting of the Sportsmen Camo Coalition Clubs usually held each August during the AWF annual meeting that offers workshops, seminars, and sporting exhibits of interest to hunters, anglers and other outdoor sportsmen. AWF invites hunting and fishing clubs or camps to join the Sportsmen Camo Coalition Club of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation in helping keep Arkansas as “The Natural State.” If you are interested in establishing a Sportsmen Camo Club in your community, call or email Jack Blackstone, Executive Director of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation shown below.
You can remember a loved one with a memorial gift or honorarium to the Arkansas Wildlife Federation.
Memorial gifts: If you would like to remember someone who loved wildlife, hunting, fishing and the great outdoors of Arkansas, you can make a gift in that person’s name. What a beautiful tribute to their memory. Your memorial gift will continue the work of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation and keep a loved one’s spirit alive through wildlife conservation.
Honorarium Gift: Are you puzzled what to give friends or family members who “have everything?” Will an ordinary gift just not be enough? Then, consider making a donation to the Arkansas Wildlife Federation in their honor and acknowledge their special day, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, or whatever they are celebrating. Your gift is a special recognition to this individual or family in support of wildlife conservation programs.
Make a difference by completing the attached form and mailing it to:
Memorial – Honorarium Gifts
Arkansas Wildlife Federation
9108 N. Rodney Parham Road, Suite 101
Little Rock, AR 72205
Joining the Arkansas Wildlife Federation assures that your voice will be heard and that your interests will be protected when and where it counts! Over the years, the AWF has worked with other agencies and organizations to achieve many conservation victories. Here are a few of our accomplishments:
None of this is possible without your help.
*All contributors will receive a year’s membership in AWF and a copy of
Arkansas Out-of-Doors. Please specify if you would like a hard copy or you would like to Go Green and receive an electronic copy.
e-mail or call 501-888-4770. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.
*If you choose to mail your check or credit card information, along with your contact information, please send it to the address below:
Arkansas Wildlife Federation
P.O. Box 56380
Little Rock, AR 72215
**The Arkansas Wildlife Federation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and our tax identification number is 71-6059226. Thank you for your generous contribution and support!
AWF has several autonomous affiliate organizations throughout the state. Some of these groups were formed to work on specific projects in their local areas, such as the Yell County Wildlife Federation. Other groups that affiliate with the AWF are groups that already exist, but want to provide more support on issues affecting the entire state. An example of this type of affiliation is the Wattensaw Bowhunters Association.
Any organization with at least 10 members may apply for affiliation. The affiliation fee is $50/organization/year. Each organization will receive a hard copy of Arkansas Out-of-Doors and free electronic copies to all of its members who supply us with an e-mail address. The affiliate organization can publish its news and upcoming events, if submitted before deadline (check with our editor), in Arkansas Out-of-Doors at no charge. All affiliate applications are subject to approval by the AWF Board of Directors. For more information on affiliation, contact the AWF office.
AWF needs outstanding volunteers like you!
The Arkansas Wildlife Federation is a federation of individuals, businesses, organizations, youth and college students – all volunteers, who are committed to natural resource conservation. Volunteers are the backbone of the Federation, without which we would not be able to continue our work. AWF welcomes you to join us! Look over the many opportunities available below. If any of them interest you give us a call or fill out a volunteer application form and return it to us. We’ll put you to work! AWF will provide extensive training and information to all volunteers before you begin your volunteer activities:
Get Involved! Volunteer!
Phone number (501) 224-9200
AWF has worked with an outstanding wildlife photographer who has taken excellent wildlife photos used by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation in various publication. His name is : Tim Carr, 201 W, Parkway, Russellville, AR 72801, 479-968-5305.
Other AWF Members and Volunteers supply photography of nature, wildlife and events for our usage as well. If you have a great photo of Arkansas wildlife or nature, feel free to submit it for our usage. You might find it on our website, Facebook or in an issue of Arkansas Out-of-Doors.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has a system for permitting individuals or organizations to take in sick, injured, or orphaned animals and rehabilitate them for eventual release back into the wild. These wildlife rehabilitators must be experienced in the care of wild animals and have a veterinarian working with them to provide advice on the administration of proper care. Find out how to become a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. For detail information on finding out about Wildlife Rehabbers, go to AGFC.
To find out more about the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, visit their website.
There is an International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. For more information, go to their
Below is a current approved listing of wildlife rehabbers by AGFC that list county, city,
Last name first, first name, phone number, list of wildlife species rehabilitate Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Rehabilitators as of April 2013. The link below has multiple links to Bird Rehabilitators and Non-Bird Rehabilitators.
Please recognize that these people are not AGFC employees and perform this service at their own cost.
One of the main factors negatively affecting wildlife populations worldwide is the loss, change, and fragmentation of habitat (picture of cutting down tree) The loss of wildlife habitat as a result of human induced changes has been a large factor contributing to the loss and extinction of wildlife populations worldwide. As population growth continues to increase more and more wildlife habitat will be lost to human development. The National Wildlife Federation is solving this problem through the implementation of the Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program. This program allows you to restore natural wildlife habitat in your own backyard through an official certification. Through the planting of native plants and minimal planning you can restore habitat for wildlife that were here many years before us. Recently the National Wildlife Federation recently surpassed 70,000 backyard habitat certifications!
The program uses a list of criteria including food, water, cover, and places to raise young, to gage habitat quality. To read more about the native plants in your area go here. Go here to learn more about the benefits of backyard habitat
Arkansas has over 9,000 miles of streams, and a good deal of this mileage is perfect for floating—be it by canoe, johnboat, or raft. The variety of enjoyable experiences provided by this assortment of rivers is remarkably wide-ranging from matchless trout fishing trips, to rugged whitewater runs, to peaceful passages ideal for first-timers. Below you will find links to 17 of the best waterways in the state.
Arkansas Rivers Map – Arkansas Lake Map
This map shows the major streams and rivers of Arkansas and some of the larger lakes. Arkansas is within the Mississippi River Watershed. Most drainage leaves the state through the Mississippi, Arkansas, Ouachita, White, Redand St. Francis Rivers. Most of these lakes and streams can be clearly seen on the Arkansas Satellite Image.
Background Information – Map sources, Tips, Degree of Difficulty (defined), and Additional Information.
Ten Important Reminders
1. Wear those life jackets.
2. Take along a spare paddle.
3. Pay attention to local weather forecasts.
4. Dress appropriately for the season.
5. Don’t travel alone.
6. Avoid camping in areas subject to sudden rises.
7. Know your ability and don’t exceed it.
8. Refrain from drinking creek or river water no matter how clean it appears.
9. Carry out whatever you carry in.
10. Should you capsize, try to stay with your boat and swim it to shore, making certain that you’re on the upstream side of the craft to avoid getting pinned between it and rocks or willows.
Degree of Difficulty
The narratives also occasionally refer to class ratings for the streams, based on an international scale of six levels of difficulty:
Many of the streams mentioned in this collection flow through or near Arkansas’s two national forests—the Ouachita National Forest and the Ozark St. Francis National Forest. Both offer superb hiking, camping, and hunting opportunities in addition to their river recreation possibilities. For more information contact:
Regardless of the reason, wildlife enthusiasts at the AWF share a mutual interest in conserving the wildlife of Arkansas, for the benefit of future generations.
Arkansas contains a diverse array of wildlife and plants. A list of many of the species of plants and animals in the different areas of Arkansas, along with vast information about them can be found at E-nature. You may not have known but Arkansas contains many threatened and endangered species. For a summary of the endangered species act and its history go here.
For resources relating to sportsman in Arkansas including places to hunt and license info look under the previous section for hunting and fishing in Arkansas. Montana hunting and fishing journal contains vast information including pictures on nearly all game species in America.