Ozarks

Courtesy / Dane Schumacher

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is calling for public comment on a proposal to remove the term “karst” from its National Handbook of Conservation Practices, regarding sinkholes. Ozarks environmental consultant Dane Schumacher says karst designations are critical to conserving watersheds. The deadline to comment has been extended to Thursday, Apr. 22, 2021.

Courtesy / Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

The J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center opens to the public Dec. 11. The grand opening Dec. 10 will be livestreamed on Facebook. The new center features exhibits, indoor classrooms, an indoor archery and airgun range, pavilions, trails and 25 acres of restored prairie.

Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists has helped conserve Arkansas' natural habitat for more than a decade. From assisting state park maintenance to educating the community on environmental preservation, the group offers vital information and opportunities for anyone interested in the outdoors.