AR: Commission approves trail grants for local communities

LITTLE ROCK – Last month, Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved up to $1 million for the Wildlife Observation Trails Pilot Program.

The trails program grants were recommended by a committee of local and state agencies, along with several local and state officials. Money for the projects is a result of the AGFC’s oil and gas leases in the Fayetteville Shale.

The AGFC will enter into an agreement with 13 individual recipients for various projects aimed at developing interest in the state’s natural resources.

The program is a result of Act 686 and Act 687 from the 2009 Arkansas General Assembly.

The 13 trail locations and projects are:

Pine Bluff, renovate trail at Byrd Lake Natural Area, $66,000.

Jacksonville, build up to ½-mile trail and parking area, $86,000.

Waldron, construct an asphalt trail along with interpretive signs, $40,000.

Woodberry, construct 1½-mile trail, $58,175.

Augusta, build walking trails, benches and footbridge, $94,098.

Cherokee Village, build asphalt trail with interpretive signs, $88,347.

Clinton, fishing pier and outdoor classroom, $84,000.

Southside, trail and parking, $84,500.

Nashville, construct trail, benches and deck, $88,400.

Sebastian County, trail and interpretive signs, $96,265.

Arkadelphia, trail and railing, $80,215.

DeGray Lake, trail and observation platform, $34,000.

Lake Catherine, Hidden Creek Trail improvements, $100,000 .

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