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COOPERATIVE CONSERVATION CASE STUDY

Arkansas Conservation Partnership

Arkansas Conservation Partnership

Location: South-Central/South-West Region: Arkansas

Project Summary: The partnership is a unique force, combining the strengths of federal, state and local organizations along with educational institutions, to help preserve and protect The Natural State.
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Harvesting a crop in Arkansas.
Resource Challenge

The Arkansas Conservation Partnership promotes a conservation ethic to enhance the ability of its members to serve rural and urban communities. The Arkansas Conservation Partnership strives to more effectively assist private landowners in meeting the conservation challenges of the 21st century.

The mission of each partner directs the breadth and scope of their involvement in conservation for Arkansas . The various agencies have diverse missions that compliment and give strength to the partnership.

The six most important natural resource issues the Arkansas Conservation Partnership focuses on are: water resources, land resource management, conservation education and outreach, forestry health, 2002 Farm Bill implementation and community development.

Examples of Key Partners

The partnership, formed in 1992, consists of the following eight organizations: Natural Resources Conservation Service; Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission; Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts; Arkansas Association of Conservation District Employees; Arkansas Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.;  University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service; University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; and the Arkansas Forestry Commission

Results and Accomplishments

The Arkansas Conservation Partnership supported the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts with $2,307,408 through Grants-to-Districts, quorum courts, water use reporting fees, and the Water Quality Technician, Voluntary Tax and Beaver Control programs.

 

One partnership effort devoted to air quality concerns is the state’s model carbon sequestration project led by the Central Arkansas RC&D Council. The council is under contract with NRCS to restore more than 3,800 acres in the Emergency Watershed Program Floodplain Easement Program. The council is also under contract with NRCS to restore 4,000 acres of Wetlands Reserve Program land in Phillips County.

 

 

Results and Accomplishments

In 2004, the Arkansas Conservation Partnership assisted NRCS in providing conservation technical assistance to more than 5,000 Arkansans, resulting in more the $51 million in program funding.

The partnership has been instrumental in youth conservation education with a Conservation Education Program in Sebastian County public schools since 1997, the Arkansas Envirothon, high school forestry clinics, Arkansas Ag Adventures at the Agricultural Awareness Center on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff ’s research farm and Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Camps throughout the state.

The Ozark Foothills RC&D Council started the Ozark Foothills Forest Landowners Education Project to educate landowners regarding sustainable forest management practices and provide technical assistance to landowners. The project covers 11 counties the consist of more than 2.5 million acres of private forestland owned by more than 30,000 landowners. The project has provided assistance to approximately 25,000 forest landowners.

The Delta Resources Information Center provides technical assistance in the development of economic, social and natural resources of the delta region of the Mississippi River in eastern Arkansas. The center has provided computer training to Phillips County residents, and inventoried existing business and industry within four counties of the delta in search of additional value added industries for the area.

Innovation/Highlight

Leading the way in enhancing natural resources nurturing the conservation ethic.

Project Contact
Kalven L. Trice
State Conservationist
USDA/NRCS
Room 3416 Federal Building 700 W. Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 301-3100
kalven.trice@ar.usda.gov
Molly Voeller
State Public Affairs Specialist
USDA/NRCS
Room 3416 Federal Building 700 W. Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, AR, 72201
(501) 301-3133
molly.voeller@ar.usda.gov
Website: http://www.ar.nrcs.usda.gov/partnerships/

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