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New home approved for Arkansas Game and Fish office

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The state commission for the Arkansas Game and Fish has approved $100,000 for the planning and architecture of a new facility for the Northeast Regional Arkansas Game and Fish office.

The Northeast Regional Office has been located in the Arkansas Services Center building on McClellan Drive for more than ten years.

Assistant Chief of Communications for the Arkansas Game and Fish, Keith Stephens, says local Game and Fish officers are more than ready for the move. "They're very excited. This is something we've been working on for some time, now. This is a good thing."

Stephens says the current plan is to build the new facility at the Crowley's Ridge Nature Center. "The new office will be on the grounds of the Forrest W. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center, located on the south side Jonesboro. We hope that by placing the new office, there, the Northeast Regional office will be more visible and easy for the public to find."

Stephens says now that the money has been approved, the first steps are being taken. "The first thing we need to do is find an architect and we're looking."

The Northeast Regional Arkansas Game and Fish office serves a number of different functions and, therefore, has a lot of people working in a small space.

Wildlife management, fisheries personnel, enforcement officers, an education coordinator and construction and maintenance coordinator currently reside there.

Stephens says once an architect is located the planning stages can begin. "We hope to start construction by fall 2012. Once construction gets started, it should take a year to finish."

For more information about the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, you can log onto their website.

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