Arkansas Outdoors

Arkansas Farmers Seeking Bounty Now Poised For Drought

Jul 12, 2013

Arkansas hay farmers once hopeful for three cuttings during 2013 are now worried about a developing drought.

Forecasters said Thursday that drought conditions are developing in portions of Arkansas.

For a time in the spring, conditions were such that some farmers believed they could make hay around Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

University of Arkansas forage specialist John Jennings said Arkansas' weather pattern needs to change so broader areas of the state see rain.

Backers Line Up For Deepening Arkansas River

Jul 10, 2013
Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Economic Development officials in Arkansas and Oklahoma are endorsing a proposal to deepen the shipping channel in the Arkansas River by three feet.

Officials said this week that deepening the river from nine feet to 12 feet will enable barges to carry 40 percent more cargo.

The Southwest Times Record reports that some sections of the river are less than nine feet deep in parts of Oklahoma.

Newest Arkansas State Park Moving Into New Phases

May 14, 2013

The newest addition to the Arkansas State Parks system is moving into a fresh phase of development and is marking the milestone with the opening of a visitor center in Marianna.

Mississippi River State Park, which operates in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, is planning a Thursday ceremony at the center, which features a variety of exhibits, park information and a walking trail.

The park includes several sites and its development has been in the works since 1999, though the idea was first proposed in the 1960s.

Arkansas' Buffalo National River came in at Number 2.

  The future of North Little Rock properties such as the Big Rock Quarry and green space west of Pike Avenue will be topics of discussion for residents and the city’s Public Land Use Development Task Force in a meeting to held Thursday night.