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Speaker discussing alternative livestock watering trough in Arkansas.
GATHER 'ROUND -- A farmer explains to wildlife professionals how he converted old tractor tires into watering troughs and fenced livestock from a pond which improved habitat and water quality. (Image courtesy Becky McPeake, UACES)

Training is offered periodically through the Arkansas Forest Resources Center for wildlife professionals to receive continuing education credit.  The Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference occurs in even-numbered years in Arkansas and typically qualifies wildlife and other natural resource professionals for continuing education credit.  

Wildlife professionals wishing to receive continuing education credit can check with The Wildlife Society in advance of the event to determine number of credits.  The Wildlife Society will approve credit prior to the event. 

If you have an idea for a topic which needs to be addressed through professional training, contact Becky McPeake with the Cooperative Extension Service.

Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference

The biennial Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference is held in even-numbered years.  The conference is intended to address the needs of professionals who work with private landowners in Arkansas and surrounding states to improve wildlife habitat.  The conference highlights partnership opportunities, new and innovative habitat restoration practices, and state/regional/national policies and initiatives which impact our work.  The conference is expected to improve communications among and between agencies, organizations, and businesses involved in wildlife habitat restoration on private lands, resulting in new partnerships and efforts to put more wildlife habitat on the ground.  

Planning and implementation of the Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference is by a group of Arkansas agencies and organizations devoted to improving wildlife habitat on private lands as listed below (in alphabetical order):

  • Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts
  • Arkansas Forest Resources Center
  • Arkansas Forestry Commission
  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Arkansas
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Arkansas
  • University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service

The 2016 Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference is May 2 - 5.   Click here for more information about this conference.

  • 2014 Conference

    Applying Science to Restoring Habitat in a Changing Landscape

    May 6 - 7, 2014
    Harding University (Searcy, Arkansas)

    ♦ The morning session will include keynote speakers discussing integrating science into wildlife habitat restoration on private lands.

    ♦ The afternoon session will focus on restoring wetlands, bioenergy feedstocks and their impact on wildlife habitat, and invasives.

    ♦ A Landowner Recognition Award will be presented at an evening banquet.

    ♦ A bus tour of nearby private lands will feature forest health and buffers.

    For more information, click here for our conference website.

  • 2012 Conference

    No Resource Left Behind: A Holistic Approach to Land Stewardship

    May 8 - 10, 2012
    Faulkner County Natural Resource Center (Conway, Arkansas)
    Boy Scout Camp field tour (Damascus, Arkansas)

    2012 Featured Speakers:

    ♦ Mike Sullivan, Arkansas State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

    ♦ Tom Christensen, Regional Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

    ♦ Bill White, Missouri Department of Conservation

    ♦ Dr. Craig Harper, University of Tennessee

    2012 Arkansas Private Landowner Stewardship Awards:

    ♦ Reno and Beverly Romanin, Rover

    ♦ Julie Williamson and Polly Roten, Salesville

  • 2010 Conference

    February 2 - 3, 2010
    Hilton Little Rock Metro Center (Little Rock, Arkansas)

    2010 Featured Speakers:

    ♦ Dr. Wes Burger, Mississippi State University

    ♦ Ronnie Haynes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    ♦ Philip Barbour, NRCS Agricultural Wildlife Conservation Center

    2010 Arkansas Private Landowner Stewardship Award:

    ♦ Marvin Maurras, Franklin County

    2010 Arkansas Private Landowner Stewardship Service Award:

    ♦ Debbie Moreland, Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts

Wildlife Degree Programs in Arkansas