Welcome to the Arkansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society!
Arkansas Chapter 2016 Annual Meeting
We are pleased to announce the date for the annual Arkansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society meeting as March 3-4, 2016 at the C.A. Vines 4-H Center in Little Rock. A draft agenda, registration and call for abstracts will be coming soon, but please mark your calendars and join us for two days of presentations and networking with wildlife professionals from around the state. This is a different format than you may have been involved with in the past and we plan on having many interesting talks, a social, and even more opportunities for networking between professionals and students.
The September 2015 issue of the Arkansas Chapter Newsletter has been released and is available for download.
The Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference: Prescribed Fire on the Landscape will be at the University of Arkansas Livestock and Forestry Research Station in Batesville on May 2-5, 2016. Additional information and registration is available at this site.
Spring Meeting Agenda
View the agenda for the 2015 Spring Meeting, which was held on April 9, 2015 at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Center in Little Rock.
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.