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Bring in the Spring at the 21st Annual Camden Daffodil Festival

Bring in the Spring at the 21st Annual Camden Daffodil Festival

CAMDEN, Ark. (CDF) -Join Camden as we Celebrate Spring at one of South Arkansas' largest and most beautiful events, the 21st Annual Camden Daffodil Festival, March 7th & 8th in Beautiful Downtown Camden.

Join thousands from all around the region and nation at this unforgettable weekend for the entire family at the 2014 Daffodil Festival! Tour the amazing Daffodil Gardens, with over a million blossoms! Enjoy the rich History of South Arkansas with guided tours through Camden's famous museums, antebellum homes, and historical sites complete with costumed re-enactments.  Or shop ‘till your heart's content along the sidewalks of downtown Camden displaying a myriad of food, collectables, and crafts.

Events at Lake Dardanelle in March

Events at Lake Dardanelle in March

Lake Cruise –Explore the wonders of Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River aboard the state park tour boat.  Enjoy abundant wildlife, amazing history, and astounding views of the river valley throughout this 1 hour cruise.  There is no fee for the tour, but space is limited.  You must register for the tour. Call 479-967-5516 to register for a seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour, at the boat dock near the south boat ramp.  (Weather permitting)

DeGray Lake Resort State Park welcoming Spring Breakers

DeGray Lake Resort State Park welcoming Spring Breakers

At long last, spring is just around the corner, and not a minute too soon! After an uncharacteristically harsh winter across the state, spring fever is likely to strike soon and hard. Teachers can expect flurries of day dreaming episodes and longing gazes out the windows to begin sometime this month and build in severity and frequency as spring break draws ever nearer. Productivity in the work place may begin to take a hit as employees plot their escape into the great outdoors. Do not despair though, for there is good news as well. A low pressure system of fun and play is expected to sweep across the state bringing with it smiles and laughter beginning March 7th through the 30th, as DeGray Lake Resort State Park will be kicking off Spring Break 2014 park style!

Guests can expect a full line-up of daily programs to be offered by the park’s interpreters that are geared toward the whole family. Many guest favorites will be

Presidential tree marker dedication set for President’s Day

Presidential tree marker dedication set for President’s Day

HOT SPRINGS (ASMSA) — It may not be the cherry tree of President George Washington yore, but a tulip poplar on the campus of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts can claim a presidential lineage.

On March 21, 1994, the Hot Springs Parks and Recreation Department planted a two-year old tulip poplar tree in recognition of Arbor Day on the lawn in front of ASMSA’s Administration Building. The tree is a descendant of a tulip poplar planted in 1785 by Washington himself at Mount Vernon, Washington’s estate in Virginia.

ASMSA’s tree was one of 60 seedlings sent to Washington namesake locations and other presidential sites from 1983 to 1998. ASMSA’s campus is known as Clinton Presidential Park. Of those seedlings, only 12 have survived.

Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests to begin prescribed burns

Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests to begin prescribed burns

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (USFS) — The Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests will be conducting prescribed burns in Arkansas and Oklahoma for the next several months.

 The purposes of these burns are to reestablish fire’s natural role in the forest ecosystem, improve forest health, and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.  Prescribed burns are conducted when the conditions indicate that there will be minimal impact to the public.

Persons with smoke sensitivities who are not on the Forest Service’s prescribed burns notification list should contact their nearest ranger district to be added.

Many conditions must be met before a prescribed fire can be ignited.  The day chosen must be a combination of the correct humidity, wind speed and direction, temperature, fuel moisture, and atmospheric conditions.  Factoring in all these requirements limits the number of days in which a prescribed fire can take place.