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Corps wants to recycle your Christmas tree for fish cover

Corps wants to recycle your Christmas tree for fish cover

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (USACE) -- Christmas trees don't have to go in the trash after Christmas.  In fact, all those trees in homes and businesses across the area can be put to good use.  After the holidays, complete your gift giving by donating your tree to the fish in Greers Ferry Lake.

The Corps will use donated trees to create fish habitat in the lake by placing fish shelters made of bundles of Christmas trees. To donate your tree, drop it off from Dec. 26 until Jan. 17 at Sandy Beach near the boat ramp in Heber Springs, Devils Fork Park's high-water boat ramp near Greers Ferry/Fairfield Bay, or Choctaw Park's boat ramp in the Clinton area.  Please do not block access to the ramps for those folks wanting to launch boats.

Step back in time with 16th Annual Petit Jean Mountain Rendezvous

Step back in time with 16th Annual Petit Jean Mountain Rendezvous

MORRILTON, Ark. (Petit Jean State Park) - During the Thanksgiving season, visitors to Petit Jean State Park are invited to take a step back in time to the early 1800s, at the park’s 16th Annual Mountain Rendezvous.

Beginning on Friday, November 29th, park visitors will be able to see how people dressed and lived when much of Arkansas was an unsettled wilderness, a place of French exploration and fur trade.  The rendezvous camp will be open to the public on Friday, November 29th, Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st. 

All Arkansas Corps Lakes’ Facilities Re-opened

All Arkansas Corps Lakes’ Facilities Re-opened

Vicksburg, Miss –The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announces the re-opening of all Arkansas Corps lakes’ facilities.  These facilities were closed due to high water levels. This includes all campgrounds, boat ramps, recreational areas, and swim areas at DeGray Lake, Lake Greeson, and Lake Ouachita.

Although these facilities are now re-opened, boaters still need to use caution when boating and to always watch for debris washed into the lake from the recent heavy rains in the watershed area and let others know where you will be boating.  Always wear your lifejacket and keep the boat's "kill switch" attached at all times while underway. Swimmers are also reminded to wear a lifejacket and never swim alone. 

For more information, please contact the Arkansas lake offices at 501-767-2101.

Blanchard Caverns celebrates 40 years

Blanchard Caverns celebrates 40 years

FIFTY SIX, Ark. -- Blanchard Springs Caverns, located on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest will celebrate its 40th Anniversary this year. The public is invited to the anniversary celebration on June 15, 2013, in Fifty Six, Arkansas. The Celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Amphitheater near the Caverns.  Invited speakers include Acting Deputy Regional Forester Mike Balboni; State Senator Missy Thomas Irvin, and other local dignitaries.

Following the 10:30 a.m. event, the public is invited to a day of activities for all ages, including lunch, games, music by The Leatherwoods, Cross-Saw demonstrations, and much more. 

Protect yourself during tick season

Protect yourself during tick season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has some of the highest levels of tick-related illnesses of any state in the nation and we are expecting another big year. In 2012, over 900 cases of tick-related illness were reported to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Five of these cases resulted in death. Cases were found in 63 counties, with illnesses occurring every month of the year but peaking in June. Because many of these illnesses go unreported, the actual number of persons sick from tick-related illness is much higher.

According to Susan Weinstein, DVM, MPH, Zoonotic Disease Section Chief at ADH, “Tick-related illnesses are serious and can be deadly if not treated properly. It is very important that people realize the seriousness of the infections that some ticks can carry, and to see their doctor if ill. Thankfully, we can prevent many of these infections if we become aware of the risks and take some simple precautions.”

ADEQ, students celebrate Earth Week

ADEQ, students celebrate Earth Week

Once again, the annual Earth Week observance at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) will actually stretch over two full weeks this year in order to accommodate several large groups of visiting students from five different Arkansas schools. In addition, a presentation for grown-ups about green building construction is scheduled, and the observance will conclude with the annual presentation of the Arkansas Environmental Stewardship Award (ENVY Award), recognizing the efforts of an individual or organization to protect and enhance the state’s natural resources.