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Environmental and controlled burns planned

Environmental and controlled burns planned

PINE BLUFF ARSENAL, Ark. – The local community should not be alarmed if they see large plumes of smoke coming from Pine Bluff Arsenal beginning January 23 through March 8.

The Nature Conservancy’s Arkansas field office and the Arsenal’s Fire and Emergency Services will both be conducting multiple prescribed and controlled burns during this time.  These burns serve as an environmental benefit, not only to reduce wildfire risk by removing fuel levels and loading from the forest floor, but also act as timber stand and wildlife habitat improvements.

The planning of controlled burns includes safety plans, smoke management plans, and fire intensity levels to include flame heights and flame speeds. All controlled burns will be conducted by specially-trained and equipped crews skilled at fire management operations.

Boys and Girls Club, Sierra Club host clean energy event

Boys and Girls Club, Sierra Club host clean energy event

Community Youth and Adults Invited to Learn about and Discuss Arkansas’ Energy Future

WHAT: The Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County and the Sierra Club are hosting a town hall meeting and educational event about clean energy to educate and empower youth in science and learn about growing career paths in the clean energy economy.  A solar powered popcorn machine will demonstrate how solar energy works, and children will paint their visions of clean energy to be sent to the Governor.  Following the children’s activities, adults will be invited to have a town hall style meeting and panel discussion to provide input on Governor Beebe’s energy plan. This is the fourth and final meeting in a series of meetings held statewide by the Sierra Club and local partners to promote community engagement in the development of the Governor’s energy plan.

Keep America Beautiful awards Pine Bluff and Hot Springs at Governor’s Mansion

Keep America Beautiful awards Pine Bluff and Hot Springs at Governor’s Mansion

Governor Beebe recognizes longest-standing Keep America Beautiful affiliates in Arkansas

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Governor and Mrs.

Dell-Cam Farm selected for Model Farm Tour July 19

Dell-Cam Farm selected for Model Farm Tour July 19

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Dewayne Goldmon, owner and operator of Dell-Cam Farm, has been selected to host a 2012 Model Farm tour by the National Black Growers Council. This is the second year that Goldmon's farm has been included on the Model Farm tour. His farm demonstrates integrated usage of U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and agricultural technologies to improve farm productivity.

Dell-Cam Farm will be open to the public Thursday, July 19, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Farmers can tour the farm at 9 a.m. to see results of the implementation of USDA programs. Goldmon grows corn, wheat and rice. His farm is located at 16401 U.S. Highway 79N in Wabbaseka, between Altheimer and Wabbaseka on the north side of Highway 79.

The Model Farm tours are supported by USDA's 2501 grant program, administered by its Office of Advocacy and Outreach. Model farms showcase "the best that agriculture has to offer," says Dr.

NRCS announces water quality initiative in Arkansas

NRCS announces water quality initiative in Arkansas

Agricultural Producers located in priority watersheds will be able to participate

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 8, 2012 — State Conservationist Mike Sullivan announced the launch of a new National Water Quality Initiative committed to improving impaired watersheds located within the Bayou Bartholomew watershed in Arkansas. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will manage the initiative by making funds available to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in the selected watersheds.

“The Water Quality Initiative will further NRCS’ partnership efforts to improve water quality using voluntary actions on private lands,” Sullivan said. “This initiative is a focused approach in areas facing significant natural resource challenges. It bolsters the positive results of landscape conservation initiatives NRCS and its partners already have underway.”  

Explore Arkansas with Chuck Dovish

Explore Arkansas with Chuck Dovish

One winning family to be chosen for excursion; entries accepted at www.aetn.org/engage

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — Fans of the Arkansas Educational Television Network’s (AETN) “Exploring Arkansas,” with host Chuck Dovish, now have the opportunity to win a family outing with Dovish that will be filmed for possible future use in the series.

A winning family (up to six family members) will be chosen at random to spend a day with Dovish as he tapes a family-friendly episode of “Exploring Arkansas.” Dovish will aim to introduce the family to some of his favorite places and activities suitable for all ages, in turn allowing them to explore Arkansas with him.

Contest winners will be treated to a hike or similar activity at a location of Dovish’s choosing on a weekend. The outing will be filmed by an AETN production crew and segments may be used for an upcoming episode of “Exploring Arkansas.”