Coal Hill Small Game Cooperative Area Formed

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Coal Hill Small Game Cooperative Area formedRUSSELLVILLE – Littering, illegal dumping and habitat destruction from off road vehicle traffic are prompting agencies responsible for the Dardanelle Wildlife Management Area to construct two gates to control unauthorized traffic just west of Black Point Island. Taking it a big step further, the agencies will form the Coal Hill Small Game Cooperative Area.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will erect the gates and attempt to reverse problems with rutting in fields and damage to preferred vegetation by improving a 350-acre tract of open grassland for rabbits, ground nesting birds and migratory bird species. AGFC will eradicate non-native grass species and restore native vegetation to enhance wildlife habitat.

Although motorized vehicles are prohibited, foot traffic is welcome. A parking area will be developed to provide access to the small game area. The Corps’ Little Rock District manages Lake Dardanelle and the surrounding public lands to meet the needs of human and natural communities for present and future generations.

For more information, call the Corps’ Russellville Project Office at (479) 968-5008 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.