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Arkansas

Provides selected Arkansas resources from agencies and organizations with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

Spotlights

  • Five Ways to Fight Monsters From the Deep in Arkansas

    • Mar 16, 2022
    • Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

    • Giant threats to Arkansas's fish and water are lurking under the surface somewhere right now. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission needs boaters' help in stopping these terrors before they spread any further. Matt Horton, the AGFC's Aquatic Nuisance Species program coordinator, says 36 aquatic nuisance species have been documented in Arkansas, including plants, fish, mussels and other types of organisms. Some of the more well known species include giant salvinia, silver carp, northern snakeheads and zebra mussels, but these are just a few of the species that can pose significant ecological and economic harm, as well as a risk to human health.

      Just like when fighting a virus, Horton says the best plan of attack is to prevent it from spreading to new areas. Here are some ways everyone can fight aquatic nuisance species in Arkansas to keep our waters healthy and accessible for angling and boating enjoyment. Learn more about how you can help protect Arkansas waters from aquatic invaders at www.agfc.com/invasivespecies.

  • Arkansas Boaters Reminded to Unplug When Trailering Vessels

    • Feb 3, 2021
    • Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

    • Anglers and hunters and other boaters who use the state's waterways are being reminded by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Fisheries Division of a new regulation that took effect Jan. 1, 2021, requiring all boat drain plugs to be removed before and during trailering of vessels to and from access facilities on lakes, rivers and streams. A similar boat plug regulation was already in place in 21 other states to help stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species, and the new AGFC rule was part of an extensive list of regulations recommended by the Fisheries Division and approved by the Commission in 2020, to take effect beginning Jan. 1. Aquatic nuisance species such as silver carp, giant salvinia, zebra mussels and others continue to spread across waterbodies in Arkansas, and the AGFC has as its mission a responsibility to put mechanisms in place to slow the spread.

  • Invasive Cogongrass Confirmed in Arkansas [PDF | 212 KB]

    • Jul 1, 2021
    • The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is notifying the public that a new invasive grass species, Cogongrass, has been confirmed in Arkansas for the first time. For several years botanists and land managers have been on the lookout for Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) in southern Arkansas. This aggressive species, native to Southeast Asia, has spread rapidly across the Deep South over the past few decades. Cogongrass is considered one of the worst invasive species in the world, causing both economic and ecological damages that impact forestry, agriculture, rangeland, and natural ecosystems.

      Any sightings of Cogongrass in Arkansas should be reported to Paul Shell, the Department's Plant Inspection and Quarantine Program Manager, at paul.shell@agriculture.arkansas.gov or 501-225-1598.

  • Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force

    • Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

    • Located across approximately 39 states, feral hogs cause an estimated $1.5 billion annually in agricultural and ecological damage. The Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force is a group of agencies dedicated to eradicating feral hogs from the state. Accurately measuring the Arkansas feral hog population is part of that process. Sightings can be reported at the Arkansas Feral Hog Sighting Report Form.

  • Ask the Pest Crew

    • University of Arkansas. Cooperative Extension Service.

    • Every day, Arkansas' homes, lawns and gardens are under siege by destructive insects, diseases, weeds and wildlife. How do you cope with them? How do you get rid of them? How do you prevent these problems in the first place? That's where the Pest Crew come in. Each of the experts has years of experience and are known across Arkansas for their pest-wise ways. We invite you to submit questions about your home, lawn and garden bug-a-boos to the Pest Crew.

State Specific Threats

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this location, organized by source.

State and Local Government
  • Arkansas Forest Health

    • Arkansas Department of Agriculture. Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC).

    • The AR Forestry Division aims to maintain healthy, productive forest ecosystems by preventing, detecting, and suppressing damaging insects and diseases across all land ownerships.

  • Plant Industries

    • Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

    • Serving the citizens of Arkansas and the agricultural and business communities by providing information and unbiased enforcement of laws and regulations set by the Arkansas State Plant Board.

Academic
  • Arkansas Invasive Pests

    • University of Arkansas. Cooperative Extension Service.

    • Provides information to find out how you can help stop the spread of invasive animals, diseases, insects, and plants.

  • Arkansas Plant Diseases Database

    • University of Arkansas. Cooperative Extension Service.

    • The collection of digital images is provided as a service to Arkansas agriculture. These images represent symptoms of both pathological (infectious) and non-pathological (physiological/environmental) disorders of agronomic row crops and horticultural crops that grow in Arkansas. These photos are useful as an identification tool to growers of the crops listed.

  • Pest Management in Arkansas

    • University of Arkansas. Cooperative Extension Service.

    • Includes information for managing insect pests of field crops, fruit and nut crops, animals and urban areas; managing plant diseases; and managing weeds of agricultural and other areas.