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Commission agrees to land swap at Gene Rush WMA

JASPER - Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission last week approved a land swap involving the Gene Rush/Buffalo River Wildlife Management Area in north Arkansas.

The commission will trade 110 acres it owns for an 80 acre in holding in the WMA. Lloyd Dodson is the owner of the 80 acres that will now become a part of the approximately 17,650 acre WMA. The land that Dodson is trading has a significant amount of timber located on it. The commissionís land did not have a significant amount of timber located on it. The difference in the acreage is balanced by the timber value.

The wildlife management area is located in southeastern Newton County and west central Searcy County. It is about 15 miles southeast of Jasper and 15 miles northwest of Marshall. The Ozark National Forest borders the area to the north and by the Buffalo National River to the south.

The official name of this wildlife management area is Gene Rush WMA. The area was originally called Buffalo River WMA (due to its proximity to the Buffalo River), but was renamed in honor of Gene Rush, long-time employee, native of Newton County and former chief of the wildlife management division of the AGFC.

The area has a generally northwest to southeast orientation with approximately 1,375 acres in smaller non-adjacent tracts lying both north and south of the Buffalo River. Nearly 3,650 acres are located in Searcy County with the remainder in Newton County.





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