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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.

Area Photo: Mt. Ida, Arkansas

Area Photo: Mt. Ida, Arkansas

MT. IDA, Ark. (KTHV) – Sitting on the outskirts of the Ouachita National Forest, Mt. Ida is a paradise for nature lovers and sportsmen.

Claiming to be the Quartz Capitol of the World, Mt. Ida offers several rock shops and allows visitors to dig their own crystals for fees. Nearby, is Lake Ouachita, were you can take part in a number of water sports and view wintering bald eagles.

This photo was shared with the THV11 Facebook page by Dianne Morrow Johnston.

For more information on Mt. Ida, you can go to the following websites:

Mt. Ida Chamber of Commerce: http://on.kthv.com/1isGFj9

Arkansas.com: http://on.kthv.com/KQncOf

Area Photo: Lake Greeson

Area Photo: Lake Greeson

According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Lake Greeson was created when the Narrows Dam was built on the Little Missouri River in 1950. The lake got its name around 1976 from the man who made the dam and lake possible -- Martin White Greeson.

AGFC added the Lake Gresson is prime fishing area for striped bass, black bass, crappie, bream, catfish, white bass and smallmouth bass. It's also well stocked with northern pike and walleye.

This photo of the lake was taken by THViewer Nick Younger, who shared it with our Facebook page on Dec. 31.

Absolutely beautiful!

For more information on Lake Greeson, visit LakeGreeson.org: http://on.kthv.com/1kbQxCm

Ouachita National Forest employees receive regional awards

Ouachita National Forest employees receive regional awards

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (USDA) - Ouachita National Forest personnel were honored in 5 of 15 award categories during the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region awards in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 7.

The Poteau-Cold Springs Ranger District received the prestigious 2013 "Ranger District of the Year" award for its leadership in natural resource management while maintaining quality of work and safety to the public and its employees.

Lake Catherine State Park hosting Bald Eagle Bonanza Weekend

Lake Catherine State Park hosting Bald Eagle Bonanza Weekend

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (LCSP) - If your spine tingles at the sight of an eagle soaring majestically, then you’re aware of the unique combination of beauty and efficient design that sets these birds apart from other winged creatures. While soaring at 500ft, it can spot a fish from a mile away, and then swoop down to it at 100 miles per hour. Don’t think it’s necessary to travel to far-off places to see an eagle in the wild. Arkansas is a favorite wintering ground for bald eagles, and they are seen in nearly every part of the Natural State.

Lake Catherine State Park celebrates their arrival with the Bald Eagle Bonanza Event. This will be your chance to get out and see eagles, various other birds of prey, and migratory birds in the wild as expert Rangers, Naturalists, and Park Interpreters take you within viewing distance. Other common sightings on the tours include ospreys, waterfowl, herons, loons, owls, and other winter wildlife. 

List of events for December at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

List of events for December at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Sunday, December 1

  • Fall hayride and campfire

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Jostle, bounce, and laugh your way across the fields and through the woods on a guided hayride with a warm campfire, stories, hot chocolate and marshmallows. Advance payment and registration is required. For more information contact Park Interpreters Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) or Richard Spilman(richard.spilman@arkansas.gov).

Meeting place: field by Highway 300 and Pinnacle Valley Road
Admission:$12 adults, $6 children (ages 6-12)

Wednesday, December 4