Arkansas Forestry Commission

  • Agency: Arkansas Forestry Commission
  • Address: 3821 W Roosevelt Road, Little Rock, 72204 AR
  • Chief:
Phone: 501-296-1940
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Arkansas Forestry Commission is located at 3821 W Roosevelt Road, Little Rock, 72204 AR. The Arkansas Forestry Commission phone number is 501-296-1940.

Arkansas Forestry Commission News

“We want Arkansans to enjoy July 4th celebrations across the state, but to pay close attention to sparks from firework displays and flames from outdoor burning,” says State Forester Joe Fox. Thus far in 2018, 17,150 acres have burned in 790 wildfires. In June, 1,473 acres have burned in 90 wildfires. Last year, a total of 1,566 wildfires burned 27,549 acres. The most recent highest wildfire frequency year was in 2012 when 2,148 wildfires burned 34,434 acres.(photo from Pulaski County wildfire, last week).

Dry conditions and weather forecasts for high temperatures, little rain and dry air will create moderate wildfire danger across AR throughout the July 4th holiday. With firework displays planned between now through the following weekend, the AFC advises residents to use caution and closely monitor for outdoor burning and sparks from firework displays. Residents can report wildfires to the Dispatch Center by calling 1-800-468-8834. More:

Agriculture Department/Forestry Commission officials and forestry partners celebrated the career of Best Management Practices (BMP) for Water Quality program coordinator Arnold Hameister today in Little Rock. For more than 30 years, Arnold has served Arkansas residents through various roles at the Agriculture Department's Forestry Commission. For more than a decade, he has successfully managed the BMP program, which brings together forest landowners, loggers, foresters, and other natural resources managers to protect water quality during forest management activities. Thank you Arnold for a dedicated career. Your kindness, sense of humor, and wealth of knowledge will be greatly missed. The entire forestry community appreciates how deeply you've cared about forestry and water quality initiatives across the state.

Fourteen Arkansas counties are now under Moderate Wildfire Danger (highlighted in yellow). Stay updated: www.arkfireinfo.org

Michael and Tamera Rossi of Conway have been named the 2017 Arkansas Forest Stewards of the Year. The Rossi family began actively managing their 195 acre tract of mixed forestland, pasture, and bottomland near Cadron Creek in 1998. Full release:

Greenbrier VFD (Faulkner County) received the truck pictured through the AFC Rural Fire Program. Learn more about equipment and training requests, here: https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/rural-fire-program

Wildfire Danger has been elevated to Moderate for 7 central Arkansas counties. Report wildfires to our 24-hour Dispatch center by calling 1-800-468-8834. Stay updated: www.arkfireinfo.org

All Arkansas Burn Bans have been lifted. Stay updated: www.arkfireinfo.org

The University of Arkansas plans to build a wood design center with the help of $7.5 million from John Ed and Isabel Anthony, called the Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation. Full story from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / ArkansasOnline.com: http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/jun/15/timberman-s-gift-to-help-build-ua-wood--1/

Find an AFC Wildland Class this week at Hatfield Fire Department, in Polk County, see details: https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/Websites/aad/files/Content/6112103/AFC_Wildland_Training.pdf

The Arkansas Firewise Team visits with Newton County residents today at the annual Elk Fest in Jasper. Learn more about Arkansas's NFPA’s Wildfire and Firewise USA Programs program opportunities for statewide fire departments: https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/arkansas-firewise1

AFC personnel attended an Urban & Community Forestry Workshop yesterday in Greenbrier. Chandler Barton and Krista Quinn highlighted general Arkansas urban forestry concerns, urban tree care and management, and urban tree pests and diseases. Thank you to our personnel that work to include urban forestry initiatives in other duties involved with managing Arkansas's 19+ million acres of forestland.

Arden (right) and Oak Hill (left) fire departments (Little River County) have completed large-scale wildfire prevention effort across their fire district with the AFC and NFPA’s Wildfire and Firewise USA Programs. Learn more about Firewise Program grant opportunities: https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/arkansas-firewise1

All Arkansas counties are moved to Low Wildfire Danger. One active Burn Ban remains in Carroll County (highlighted in red below). Stay updated: www.arkfireinfo.org

The Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation Forestry Committee toured Baucum Nursery today, which grows and sells hardwood and pine seedlings for reforestation, and specializes in native tree species including a variety of genetically improved species. Thank you to this group of leaders that helps keep residents across Arkansas informed of forestry issues.

Twelve new forest rangers completed classroom instruction and field operations in the annual Dozer Training class held at Camp Robinson last week. The training, led by highly experienced AFC firefighters, is held annually to keep wildland firefighters safe and effective in their role of protecting Arkansas residents and forests from wildfires, a primary mission of the AFC. Full release:

Marvel Rural VFD (Phillips County) received the tanker truck pictured through the AFCf Rural Fire Program. Fire Chief Kipp Bartlett and Board President Shelton Guest are pictured w/AFC's Karl Mahaffey. Learn more about ire department services and equipment available through the Rural Fire Program, here: http://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/rural-fire-program

Wonder why the disconnect btw log prices and lumber prices in the south? ... "While the slowly-improving housing market has created increased year-over-year lumber demand, this increase has not translated into higher log prices ...this is primarily due to the continued oversupply of timber in the region as a result of the great recession." See more in:

Find an AFC Wildland Class this week at Jersey VFD, in Bradley County. See details: http://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/Websites/aad/files/Content/6112103/AFC_Wildland_Training.pdf

Thank you all fathers for all you do to guide us, love us, and inspire us. The Arkansas Forestry Commission wishes all dads a Happy Father's Day!

For your weekend, be advised - 7 SW Arkansas counties remain under Moderate Wildfire Danger. Carroll County remains under the only active Burn Ban in Arkansas. Stay updated: www.arkfireinfo.org

Seven southwest Arkansas counties have been elevated to Moderate Wildfire Danger, due to heat and dry conditions. Residents should use caution with outdoor burning in this area. Stay updated: www.arkfireinfo.org

This Columbia County dump was removed after Investigator Chris Ludwig and Columbia County Ranger Scott Morehead worked with local officials and private landowners to establish consistent surveillance of the area. Violators were identified after capturing footage through surveillance from multiple devices, and by connecting individuals to the site by items dumped there. In this case, the individuals responsible for dumping items were given the option to clean up the site or face prosecution. Learn more:

AFC personnel from Franklin and Crawford Counties provided a Tree ID Class to the Crawford County Arkansas 4-H Day Camp attendees, earlier this week near Mountainburg.

New AFC dozer operators train today at Camp Robinson. Experienced Rangers provide classroom instruction and outdoor operations to ensure new firefighters are thoroughly trained in safety, dozer maneuvers, and the unique challenges of wildland firefighting across Arkansas's diverse landscape.