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What burn bans mean for you

What burn bans mean for you

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Forestry Commission crews have suppressed seven wildfires that burned 29 acres over the past 24 hours. AFC dozer crews from Sebastian and Logan County are working with local emergency personnel to contain a wildfire on the southwest side of Fort Chaffee near Greenwood.

AFC dozer crews were dispatched at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday to contain the wildfire that is now estimated at 250 acres. Four dozer crews worked the fire yesterday and the single engine air tankers made approximately 22 water drops. One home was lost and approximately 30 other homes were threatened by the blaze.

What burn bans mean for you

What burn bans mean for you

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Forestry Commission crews have suppressed seven wildfires that burned 29 acres over the past 24 hours. AFC dozer crews from Sebastian and Logan County are working with local emergency personnel to contain a wildfire on the southwest side of Fort Chaffee near Greenwood.

AFC dozer crews were dispatched at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday to contain the wildfire that is now estimated at 250 acres. Four dozer crews worked the fire yesterday and the single engine air tankers made approximately 22 water drops. One home was lost and approximately 30 other homes were threatened by the blaze.

Star-gazing in central Arkansas

Star-gazing in central Arkansas

Do you have an interest in star-gazing?  This star-gazing has nothing to do with the "Britanny Spears" kind, however, and is hosted by the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society (http://www.caasastro.org/).  Saturday, July 23, 2011, between 9-11 p.m.,  join amateur astronomers at the Pinnacle Mountain vistor's center for an evening of the stars and other celestial phenomena.

Park public relations say, "As twilight settles in, the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for viewing objects in the night sky.  If cloudy skies prevent observation, an indoor program on astronomy will be presented at 9:00 p.m."

The love of the night sky does not stop with the Saturday evening Star Party as the fun carries over into Sunday, July 24 from 9-11 p.m. with a Star-gazing Cruise hosted by Pinnacle Mountain park interpretors.

Inspect an Insect weekend

Inspect an Insect weekend

Did you know that not all bugs are pests, especially when it comes to the life of plants?  Since ninety-five percent of all living creatures are insects, wouldn't it be fun to learn more about them?  On July 16-17, Pinnacle mountain is offering a fun program called "Inspect an Insect Weekend."  

Park public relations says "Spend the weekend learning about the different types of insects in the park, including a chance to eat one!" 

Okay, maybe that last part does not sound very appetizing, but to each his own.  Many insects are harmless and it is good to expand your insect knowledge, especially for the little ones.  

Did you know that the marmalade hoverfly is a fly which belongs to the Syrphidae family (Episyrphus balteatus)?  We generally are wary of this insect because on its orange color and black stripes, which makes us think that it's a type of wasp.

Nature Explorers' Day Camp

Nature Explorers' Day Camp

Pinnacle Mountain is a wonderful local hot spot for nature lovers of all ages, but July 12-15 will be extra fun for the kids with their annual Nature Explorers' Day Camp.  This “nature detective” camp is designed for kids ages 7-10 to connect with the natural world at Pinnacle Mountain State Park between the hours of 9 a.m.-3 p.m..  There will be four whole days of hikes, visiting with live animals, nature programs, and more!  Park interpreters have adjusted the 2011 camps to bring your kids the best experience possible.

"We have limited each camp to 10 or less campers to be able to have a more personal experience.   Some of the camps already have several campers registered, so be sure to call today," says park public relations. 

Pinnacle Mountain is a day-use park dedicated to environmental education, outdoor recreation, and preservation.

EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is clamping down on power plant pollution in 27 states, including Arkansas, that contributes to unhealthy air downwind.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced on Thursday a plan to reduce smokestack pollution causing smog and soot in downwind states - where it combines with local air contaminants, making it impossible for those states to meet air quality standards on their own.

The rule differs from one proposed by the Obama administration in July.

EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is clamping down on power plant pollution in 27 states, including Arkansas, that contributes to unhealthy air downwind.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced on Thursday a plan to reduce smokestack pollution causing smog and soot in downwind states - where it combines with local air contaminants, making it impossible for those states to meet air quality standards on their own.

The rule differs from one proposed by the Obama administration in July.