Arkansas House Bills Introduced to Benefit Outdoor Recreation

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Two House bills that were introduced March 3 by Rep. Robert Moore of Arkansas City have unified the leaders of several state agencies for the benefit of outdoor recreation in Arkansas.

One bill would create the Wildlife Observation Trails Pilot Program, which would be an economic stimulus through the development of wildlife observation trails. A second bill would create the Wildlife Recreation Facilities Pilot Program, which would foster wildlife recreation through the establishment of amenities such as community fishing ponds and shooting ranges.

Scott Henderson, director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; Freddie Black, chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; Richard Davies, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism; and Butch Calhoun, director of the Arkansas Department of Rural Services, have endorsed the bills. Sixty-one House members also have joined Moore in cosponsoring the bills.

Moore said he was pleased to introduce the two bills that would benefit all Arkansans.

"Since the AGFC reached an agreement last year for leases on Gulf Mountain and Petit Jean River wildlife management areas, there has been discussion about how those funds would be spent. These bills would use those dollars to enhance the lives of the people across the state and help to increase tourism dollars. They will create a win-win situation for everyone."