Welcome to the Arkansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society!
Call for Student Chapter Funding Requests
The Arkansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, in order to promote professional development of student members, created the Student Activities Fund. Each year, student chapters may request funds from the Arkansas Chapter to aid in covering expenses for students to participate in activities or events that enhance student professional development and/or educational opportunities. Approximately $1200 in funds is available for 2017. The amount given to each request will be determined at the discretion of the executive committee. Requests for funding are due to the Arkansas Chapter by December 15, 2016. Please contact Clint Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer, with any questions at Clint.Johnson@agfc.ar.gov. Click here for more information on how to apply.
Arkansas Chapter 2016 Annual Meeting
Thee annual Arkansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society meeting took place on March 3-4, 2016 at the C.A. Vines 4-H Center in Little Rock. An agenda can be viewed here.
The September 2015 issue of the Arkansas Chapter Newsletter has been released and is available for download.
Arkansas Chapter Public Statement on Ballot Issue 1
The Arkansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society opposes proposed General Election ballot item Issue 1, Senate Joint Resolution 7 (SJR7).
Upon approval of the voters of the State of Arkansas, the proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution would give the General Assembly the ability to review state agency administrative rules and to further have the right to approve such rules before they could go into effect, perhaps taking more than a year in total. Amendment 35 of the Arkansas State Constitution created the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in its current form, largely to provide for independent science-based management of Arkansas’ fish and wildlife resources. The proposed amendment could take away the independence and power of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to provide timely, science-based regulations as proposed by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists. The Arkansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society is in favor of the continuation of this biologist-led modern fish and wildlife management structure.
A vote against this ballot item will allow the Arkansas constitution to remain unchanged and our wildlife policies and regulations will continue to be constructed and approved based on the best available science while balancing the needs of the public.