AGFC Completes Land Acquisition for Proposed Nature Center in Northwest Arkansas

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JB hunt and AGFC foundation news conference announcing plans for new nature and education center near Springdale, Ark.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Springdale, AR -( The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission completed closing procedures to assume ownership of 60.9 acres of land for a proposed education center in northwest Arkansas.

The parcel near the southeast corner of Wagon Wheel Road and I-49 in north Springdale belonged to the City of Springdale and the city’s water and sewer commission. Through the agreement, the city transferred the property to the AGFC. The AGFC in turn paid Springdale’s closing costs on the transfer. The City of Springdale also worked with the AGFC and an environmental consultant to ensure a clean bill of health for the property before the transfer took place.

AGFC Director Mike Knoedl said that he’s excited about the opportunities an education center in northwest Arkansas offers.

“It’s the fastest growing part of the state, and we need to make sure we don’t forget about their needs for facilities as they continue to grow,” Knoedl said. “Sometimes I hear people speak about northwest Arkansas as though it’s almost a different state, but I can tell you, we’re all Arkansans and we’re all part of this great state’s conservation story.”

The arrangement specifies that the property revert to the City of Springdale in 10 years if the AGFC does not begin construction within that timeframe.

About Arkansas Game and Fish Commission:

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission plays an important role in keeping The Natural State true to its name. During the last 100 years, the agency has overseen the protection, conservation and preservation of various species of fish and wildlife in Arkansas. This is done through habitat management, fish stocking, hunting and fishing regulations, and a host of other programs.

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