Arkansas Wildlife Federation
 

Youth Conservation Programs

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The Arkansas Wildlife Federation is committed to establishing youth conservation clubs in all elementary, middle and high schools throughout the state. Jimmy Reynolds, a member of the AWF Board of Directors and chair of the Conservation Education and Information Committee, is a high school science teacher in Greenwood, Arkansas. Jimmy and Melissa Reynolds are working with the AWF state offices to encourage science teachers in elementary, middle and high schools statewide to begin establishing youth conservation clubs. Below are the requirements and expectations of each youth club.

Each youth conservation club must:

  • Have at least 10 students who will pay the $5 annual membership fee.
  • Have an adult sponsor – preferably a science teacher or parents who would coordinate with the school’s science department and AWF
  • Select and implement at least one environmental conservation project each school year either for their school, city or county where school resides
  • Develop a public awareness project for its community to stress theimportance of protecting the environment – such as clear air, water and soil
  • Select and establish the duties of key officers such as: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Reporter
  • Provide to the AWF administrative offices a report of their club activities with photos (when possible) that can be placed in AWF statewide newspaper ARKANSAS OUT-OF-DOORS

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 $5 per membership, AWF will immediately prepare and mail the following materials:

  • Official charter as an approved youth conservation club of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation
  • Membership cards for each membership submitted
  • Organizational materials to form a youth conservation club
  • A planning and information guide called “Conservation Action Guide” written specifically by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage young people to develop local conservation programs for their community
  • Information on establishing Back-yard or School Yard Habitats – an information guide
    produced by the National Wildlife Federation
  • Contact information for the AWF state administrative office as well as a listing of the  AWF Board of Directors.
  • The most recent issue of the Arkansas Out-Of-Door Newspaper which in the
      immediate future will have at least a page about youth  conservation club activities.
  • Information brochures about the Arkansas Wildlife Federation giving its history and activities
  • A visit by an AWF staff member or member of the AWF Board of Directors to  discuss how AWF and each youth conservation club can work together to promote and educate local Arkansans on good conservation practices, protecting and enhancing  wildlife, and wildlife habitat and on being good stewards of our environment.

The Conservation Education and Information Committee and AWF staff are committed to establishing at least 200 youth conservation clubs throughout the state during 2008-2009. AWF is excited and committed to involve at least 1000 to 2000 students in Arkansas promoting and implementing positive conservation programs at the county, city and community levels. Sign up if you are interested in establishing a Youth Conservation Program at your middle, junior high, high school, college or university- at arkwf@sbcglobal.net to seek information and assistance.
You may download the PDF Application here.

Education Projects

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Arkansas Wildlife Federation Education Projects

First and foremost, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation believes conservation education is the key to good stewardship of our natural resources.

AWF strongly supports and participates in efforts that are designed to help both the youngster and the adult better understand the environment and issues that affect our natural resources. AWF single biggest conservation education tool is our publication, Arkansas Out-of-Doors. This newsprint tabloid is published 8-10 times per year and is distributed to our members and others interested in hunting, fishing, and conservation. It is estimated that 6,500 people read each issue.

The Arkansas Wildlife Federation also sponsors seminars on a wide variety of topics, featuring experts in various fields. Some programs deal with issues such as forest management, wetlands or water quality while others may focus on hunting, fishing, or nature appreciation. These efforts are often undertaken in cooperation with other organizations or agencies, such as our seminars to help farmers better understand how to take advantage of the conservation provisions of the Farm Bill.

The Arkansas Wildlife Federation, in cooperation with the National Wildlife Federation, annually conducts a Conservation Achievement Awards Program to honor citizens and organizations that have excelled in various natural resource related endeavors. Awards are given to outstanding efforts in conservation education, wildlife conservation and water conservation, to name just a few of the categories. This program heightens the environmental awareness of the public while honoring deserving Arkansans.

In cooperation with the National Wildlife Federation, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation sponsors the National Wildlife Week each year in May and distributes prior to this week conservation education materials to all public schools in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Wildlife Federation actively participates in public hearings before state and federal agencies regarding the protection and preservation of Arkansas important natural resources of clean air, water and the land to keep Arkansas the Natural State.

In conjunction with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Federation also presents special awards to Arkansans who excel in the Acres for Wildlife Program. This program is conducted by the Game and Fish Commission to better improve wildlife habitat on private property. The Awards Program sponsored by AWF is a tool to encourage more participation in Acres for Wildlife.

AWF often conducts a wildlife art contest that features Arkansas artists. The winning painting of an Arkansas critter is often printed and may be used as a membership recruitment tool. It also gives artists in the Natural State an opportunity to receive greater exposure and brings public awareness to the species painted.

AWF conducts education programs and presentations, at no charge, schools, civic clubs and other gatherings. These programs cover a wide range of conservation topics and outdoor recreational pursuits.

The Arkansas Wildlife Federation often sponsors political candidate forums. The Federation is a nonpartisan organization that is prohibited from endorsing any candidates, but our organization sponsors these forums to give citizens a chance to ask those who are seeking office how they feel about various conservation and environmental issues.

AWF’s 105-acre Snyder Wetlands, located on the eastern border of North Little Rock, is available to schools that wish to study wetlands, water, forestry, wildlife or related topics. It is an undeveloped natural resource paradise that is easily accessible to any Central Arkansas School. AWF intends to build a new 14,850 square foot Wetland Nature Center and Administrative Offices on this site.

The Arkansas Wildlife Federation is committed to actively involving youth in conservation education. AWF has recently begun promoting Youth Affiliate Conservation Clubs in elementary, middle and high schools throughout Arkansas.

AWF FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where can I get hunting and fishing licenses?
A. Typically, most sporting goods stores and local stores throughout the state sell hunting and fishing licenses. Also, you can call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission office in Little Rock at 501-223-6300 or 1-800-364-4263 to find the nearest place you can acquire a hunting or fishing licenses, or you can visit AGFC online and purchase a hunting or fishing license.

Q. What do I do if I find injured wildlife?
A. Depending on where you are located when you find injured wildlife, you should call the area office of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Call AGFC at 501-223-6300 to secure the name and wildlife officer for your area. AGFC has a page of rehabilitators on their website. These are not AGFC employees, but individuals/organizations licensed to properly handle injured animals.

Q. How do I join the AWF?
A. Visit our membership page.

Q. Where does my money go when I join?
A:100% of all contributions to the AWF stay in Arkansas!

Q. Does AWF support hunting?
Yes, Arkansas Wildlife Federation was founded by hunters and anglers as well as farmers, doctors, dentists and many outdoor enthusiasts who are hikers, canoeist, mountain climbers, spelunkers, etc. We believe all Arkansans and visitors to our state should have the opportunity to hunt and fish within the guideline of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Q. Is AWF an environmental organization?
A: An environmental organization is a broad term that encompasses many different ideas of protection for the environment. AWF advocates environmental protection while at the same time supports the sustainable harvest of animals for food and for pleasure.

Links

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Recommended Links

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.

Adopt-A-Stream

Natural Awakenings magazine

River Network

Izaak Walton League of America

Natural Resources Conservation Services/USDA

 

Affiliates

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Affiliates

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.

Any organization with at least 10 members may apply for affiliation. The affiliation fee is $50 per year. Each affiliate organization will receive Arkansas Out-of-Doors. Any members of the affiliation that would life to receive an electronic PDF copy of the newspaper will receive it for free once they have provided their e-mail address. The affiliate organization can publish its news & upcoming events in Arkansas Out-of-Doors at no charge (contact editor for details). All affiliate applications are subject to approval by the AWF Board of Directors. For more information on affiliation, contact the AWF office:
Email AWF or call (501) 888-4770.

  1. Arkansas Chapter of American Fisheries
  2. Arkansas Trappers Association
  3. Arkansas Tech University Fisheries & Wildlife Society
  4. Cane Creek Homeowner’s Association
  5. Creative Ideas
  6. Greene County Wildlife Club
  7. Little River Bottoms Chapter of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation
  8. University of the Ozarks – Clarksville, AR
    Ozark Outdoors
  9. Westark Wildlife
  10. White River Conservancy
  11. Yell County Wildlife Federation

Staff-Board

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AWF Staff and Board Members

Staff

Ethan Nahté
Creative Director

P.O. Box 56380
Little Rock, Arkansas 72215
Email
Office – (501) 888-4770

AWF Executive Committee

President: Wayne Shewmake – Dardanelle, AR

1st Vice President: Ellen McNulty – Pine Bluff, AR

2nd Vice President: Jerry Crowe – Dardanelle, AR

Secretary: Clay Spikes – Benton, AR

Treasurer: Gary W. Bush – Marion, AR
Executive Director: vacant
Technical Advisor: vacant

Directors at Large

Jim Wood – Dardanelle, AR

Lola Perritt – Mabelvale, AR

Dr. Charles W. Logan,M.D. – Little Rock, AR
Lucien Gillham – Sherwood, AR

Bobby Hacker – Little Rock, AR

Mike Armstrong – Little Rock, AR

Clay Spikes – Benton, AR
Jared Schluterman – Russellville, AR

Regional Directors

District 1: Patty Dell-Duchene – Augusta, AR

Alternate: Linda Cooper – Augusta, AR
District 2: Vacant
District 3: Lola Perritt – Mabelvale, AR

District 4: Steve Filipek – Little Rock, AR

District 5: Mary Lou Lane – Dardanelle, AR

National Wildlife Federation Delegate

Ellen McNulty – Pine Bluff, AR

Alternate: Jared Schluterman – Russellville, AR

NWF Regional Representative
Geralyn Hoey – Austin, TX

Advisor to President

Ralph Odegard – Mountain Home, AR

Larry Hedrick – Hot Springs, AR

Charles McLemore, Jr. – Bryant, AR

President Emeritus and First Lady Emeritus

Bob and Rae Apple, Dardanelle, AR

AFFILIATE CLUBS:
Arkansas Tech University Fisheries & Wildlife Society
Austin Klais, President – Russellville, AR

Arkansas Chapter of American Fisheries

Arkansas Trappers Association
Gary Helms, President – Texarkana, AR

Cane Creek Hometowner’s Assocation
Shirley Beavers – Scranton, AR

Creative Ideas
Sharon Hacker, President – Little Rock, AR

Friends of Delaware Park
Jim Heflin – Dardanelle, AR

Greene County Wildlife Club
Rick Woolridge, President – Paragould, AR

Little River Bottoms Chapter, Arkansas Wildlife Federation
Vickers Fuqua, President – Texarkana, AR
Mike Young, Secretary & Treasurer

Spring River Sportsman
Wally Schultz – Cherokee Village, AR

University of the Ozarks – Clarksville
Jamie L. Hedges, Director of Outdoor & Environmental Experiences – Clarksville, AR

Westark Wildlife
G. David Matlock, Fort Smith, AR

White River Conservancy
Gayne Preller Schmidt, Augusta, AR

Yell County Wildlife Federation
James Manatt, President – Dardanelle,AR

Arkansas Wildlife Federation Staff
Editor – Ethan Nahté

Editor-in-Chief – Wayne Shewmake

Layout Design – Chris Zimmerman/Zim Creative

Staff Writers – Wayne Shewmake, Johnny Sain, Jr., Ethan Nahté,  Al Wolff, Dr. Robert Morgan, AGFC, Environmental Ellie May, Hollie Sanders, Dr. Rita Littrell

Contributing Writers – Lola Perritt, Ellen McNulty, Idun Guenther, Sarah Chronister, Nao Ueda, Jim Wood, NWF, ADEQ, Gail Murdoch, Lauren Ray

Contributing Photographers – Wayne Shewmake, Ethan Nahté, Tim Carr, Johnny Sain, Jr.,  Mike Wintroath, Dr. Robert Morgan, Andrew Stevens

AWF Board Meetings

Typically, the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation meets once a quarter, on a Saturday in each quarter from 10:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M. Meeting locations vary, so please watch for details on the website calendar or Facebook.com/ArkansasWildlifeFederation.

The Executive Committee meets as called by the president of AWF, which is generally once a quarter prior to the Board of Directors meeting. The AWF annual meeting with the election of officers and awards banquet is usually held in September of each year as set by the AWF Board of Directors.

Events

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Events

AWF primary events during the year at this time are the following:

2012 AWF Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet – August 25, 2012 at the Center of Bryant, Bishop Park 6401 Boone Rd., Bryant, Arkansas. Doors open at 5:30 PM for banquet. Dinner starts at 6 PM at North end of building by stage Awards Program. Silent Auction – Live Auction – Door Prizes. Tickets $40 Couple/$25 Single. Contact AWF at 501-224-9200. Wayne Shewmake 479-229-2298

AWF Annual Meeting and Election of Officers and Board of Directors – Typically, the AWF board holds the annual meeting and election of officers on the Saturday following the annual Awards Banquet. Meeting locations vary. Check the AWF calendar or the Events section of our Facebook page for more details on time and locations.

AWF quarterly Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meetings – Generally, the AWF Executive Committee and Board of Directors host their meetings the third Saturday for each quarter.

The president of the board of directors or members of the AWF Executive Committee can call a meeting at any time. The AWF Executive Committee typically meets from 10:00 AM till noon prior to the full meeting of the AWF Board of Directors which meets from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Agendas and minutes of previous meetings are sent out by email and in the mail prior to the meetings of the AWF Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

AWF Standing Committees and Meeting Dates – The President of AWF with the approval of the Board of Directors shall appoint all standing committees which shall be, but not limited to: Membership, State Legislature, Ways and Means, Public Relations, Conservation Education and Information, Soil and Water Conservation, Forest and Cover Restoration, Wildlife and Fisheries and National Affairs. Each Committee Chairman shall select committee members from the board or from AWF membership. Additionally, the AWF President and Executive Committee can appoint committees as deemed necessary to carry forward the word of the federation. It is hoped these committees can meet each quarter and provide ongoing reports to quarterly board meetings on committee activities and achievements.

AWF History

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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 Issuu.com.
  • 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.

There are no upcoming events.