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

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It looks like fall foliage will peak in mid-November here in the Natural State. Check out this interactive map of the nation to discover when and where you can see the best autumn landscapes and to learn about the science behind those beautiful colors!

Reminder: There's only a week left to take advantage of early registration rates for the 2018 Southern Forest Products Exports Conference. Interested Arkansas companies may contact darren.spinks@agriculture.arkansas.gov for more information.

2,921 civilians. 343 firefighters. 71 law enforcement officials. 55 members of the United States Armed Forces. They are why we #NeverForget.

Tuckerman VFD (Jackson County) added a truck to their fleet last week, thanks to the Rural Fire Protection Program. Department members Trey Thornton and Josh Reed can be seen alongside RFP mechanic, Karl Mahaffey. Learn more about equipment and programs available to statewide fire crews through the Rural Fire Program: https://www.aad.arkansas.gov/rural-fire-program

Find AFC Wildland Classes this week in Cleveland County, see details: https://www.aad.arkansas.gov/Websites/aad/files/Content/6112103/AFC_Wildland_Training.pdf

Early registration is open for the 2018 Southern Forest Products Export Conference in Memphis, TN. Held during National Forest Products Week, the conference focuses on logistics, scalability, trade policy, and services. Limited sponsorships are available for forest product companies looking to attend. Arkansas companies may contact AFC Forest Stewardship Coordinator Darren Spinks for more information, darren.spinks@agriculture.arkansas.gov, or visit http://www.southernforestproducts.org for full agenda.

Urban and Community Forestry representatives held a Shade Trees on Playgrounds (S.T.O.P.) meeting this week to assist educators from the 11 schools selected to participate in the 2018 program. Representatives from each school were given educational resources and curriculum ideas outlining the benefits of trees in communities and how they reduce the risk of skin cancer. These classroom activities will be combined with a tree planting ceremony on each campus, which students will take part in later this fall. Learn more about the program and this year's participants: https://www.aad.arkansas.gov/Websites/aad/files/Content/6140361/11_AR_Playgrounds_Selected_to_Participate_in_Annual_Shade_Trees_on_Playgrounds_Program,_July_2018.pdf #STOP18 #HealthyTreesHealthyLives

Today, both past and present AFC personnel from across the state gathered to celebrate the retirement of Radio Communications Manager, Steve Brown. Steve, you have done incredible work for our agency throughout the past 12 years. Your dedication will not soon be forgotten. We thank you and wish you the very best moving forward!

Applications for Rural Fire Program's 2018 Wildfire Suppression Grant Kits are now available! Funded by the U.S. Forest Service, these kits include equipment and gear necessary for fire departments to safely suppress wildfires. To access the application or learn more about eligibility requirements, visit: https://www.aad.arkansas.gov/Websites/aad/files/Content/5937643/Wildfire_Suppression_Kit_Application.pdf

Happy Labor Day to our forestry personnel throughout Arkansas! Each and every one of you does incredible work for our industry. Thank you for all you do!

This video from the U.S. Forest Service shows that not all answers can be found online. Discover more about your local forests by getting out and visiting them. Learn about Arkansas's forest facts here: https://www.aad.arkansas.gov/Websites/aad/files/Content/5950774/2017_Forest_Facts_of_Arkansas.pdf

AFC and USFS representatives discussed emergency support functions at the Arkansas Emergency Management Conference this morning.

Hibanks VFD (Union County) received the tanker truck pictured from the AFC Rural Fire Program. Department members James French and Dayne Ibert can be seen alongside RFP Mechanic/Supervisor, Adam Bartelt (center). Learn more about equipment and programs available to statewide fire crews through the Rural Fire Program: https://www.aad.arkansas.gov/rural-fire-program

Arkansas Forests Continue to Thrive, see full report from Talk Business & Politics-Statewide: https://talkbusiness.net/2018/08/report-suggests-arkansas-timberlands-continue-to-thrive/

Lake Norrell VFD of Saline County (pictured) was among the 67 fire departments to receive wildfire suppression kits through the AFC's Rural Fire Program. Wildfire Suppression Kits (distributed in 2018) in total were valued at $200,000, funded through the U.S. Forest Service. Kits include equipment and gear necessary for the safe suppression of wildfires and will be delivered to selected volunteer fire departments through October. Learn more: https://www.aad.arkansas.gov/Websites/aad/files/Content/6140361/Wildfire_Suppression_Kits_Distributed_to_Volunteer_Fire_Departments_through_Rural_Fire_Program,_Jul_2018.pdf

Pope County AFC staff look forward to participating in the #NationalPublicLandsDay cleanup event at Lake Dardanelle State Park in September, alongside partners at Keep Arkansas Beautiful, The State Parks of Arkansas, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, and others. See how you can help there and at locations near you - details:

Find AFC Wildland Classes this week in Conway and Howard Counties, see details: https://www.aad.arkansas.gov/Websites/aad/files/Content/6112103/AFC_Wildland_Training.pdf

According to the 2017 Forest Inventory and Analysis report, AR's forests continue to thrive with forested acreage remaining steady at 19 million acres, 56% of the state’s total land area. “This data proves that AR forests are healthy, productive, and fast-growing, which makes us the prime location for new investments, partnerships, and products for the forest industry in the south," says State Forester Joe Fox. See: https://www.aad.arkansas.gov/Websites/aad/files/Content/6140361/Forest_Inventory_and_Analysis_Report_Provides_Updated_Arkansas_Forest_Data,_Aug_2017.pdf

State foresters will work shoulder-to-shoulder with the U.S. Forest Service on new, improved wildfire strategy, as outlined in USDA Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's "Toward Stewardship Across Landscapes" plan: http://www.stateforesters.org/state-foresters-will-work-shoulder-shoulder-forest-service-new-improved-wildfire-strategy#sthash.jj4GysXT.G7HVjKyP.dpbs

"Timber Harvest Adds Food, Habitat for Wildlife," ... see a forest management perspective from partners at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission: https://www.agfc.com/en/news/2018/08/15/timber-harvest-adds-food-habitat-for-wildlife/

All Arkansas areas have been reduced to Low Wildfire Danger; All county Burn Bans have been lifted. Be cautious residents - August & September conditions can change quickly with high temps, shifting wind/humidity and dry vegetation. Stay updated: www.arkfireinfo.org

A "Hunting Leases and Landowner Liability Workshop for Landowners" event (free) will be hosted by the Arkansas Forestry Association/AFA Education Foundation on Aug 28, in Fordyce. Deadline to register is Aug 22. Details and registration link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efi8k2j0e9c544d2&llr=wyf7nacab

Quail Creek VFD (Pulaski County) picked up the truck pictured from the Rural Fire Program to add to their firefighting fleet. Learn more about equipment and programs available to statewide fire crews through the Rural Fire Program: https://www.aad.arkansas.gov/rural-fire-program