Arkansas Public Meetings January 5th
Public input is a crucial component of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's process for setting hunting and fishing regulations, and the method of gathering public input will be slightly different beginning in January.
After a short discussion on the public-input process at the December monthly Commission meeting, a decision was made to hold five public meetings around the state to gather comments on hunting regulations proposals.
The meetings are part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's annual hunting-regulations process, giving hunters the opportunity to make comments and proposals for the 2010-11 hunting seasons.
The meetings will be held 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 5 at the following locations:
AGFC Central Office
2 Natural Resources Drive
Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center
600 East Lawson Road
Gov. Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center
400 Black Dog Road
Camden Fairview High School Auditorium
1750 Cash Road
Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
8300 Wells Lake Road
Following the public meetings, there will be a TV show Thursday, Jan. 7, from 7-8 p.m. on AETN. Steve "Wildman" Wilson will host the show, which will feature several AGFC biologists and wildlife experts. Sportsmen and women will be able to call a toll-free hotline and send e-mail questions and comments that will be answered or discussed during the show.
The number of meetings has been reduced from previous years in an effort to streamline the process and provide a more efficient system for gathering public comments. Statewide meetings have been poorly attended in recent years, and the reduction in the number of meetings and the move to a televised "town hall" style public meeting is an attempt to involve the public to a greater degree in AGFC's regulations process.