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Prairies, Glades, and Barrens: Rare Habitats for Rare Species

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, June 01, 2016

When European explorers and early settlers first came to what is now Arkansas they encountered not an unbroken forest but a diverse patchwork of dense forests, open woodlands, and treeless grassla ... Read More

Lend a Helping Hand

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

As the weather warms up and the flowers bloom, more people head outdoors to enjoy our beautiful state. If you enjoy being outside and in nature, then we have the perfect activity for you – volunte ... Read More

​Commission and Staff Tour of H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), staff, and friends recently toured H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area in Franklin County. Despite soggy ground from recent heavy rains, parti ... Read More

New Plant for Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, March 16, 2012

During recent field inventory on native prairies in the Arkansas Valley, ANHC staff discovered a plant previously only known from Texas! The new Arkansas population is approximately 400 miles from ... Read More

The American Burying Beetle

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, February 13, 2012

The American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) is the only endangered insect in the state of Arkansas. Also known as the giant carrion beetle, these insects have a specialized way of c ... Read More


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