LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) –
Conservation Conservation starts at ground level and David Snowden Sr.
and David Snowden Jr. can attest to this from first-hand experience.
The father and son will be inducted into the Arkansas Game and Fish
Foundation Outdoor Hall of Fame for their achievements in outdoor fields
and to protect wildlife habitat. The banquet will be held Sept. 6 at
the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
years, David Sr. farmed near Scott, mentored by his stepfather, George
Alexander. Alexander owned a duck club near Stuttgart on which the
Snowdens began a life of working for wildlife for the present and the
future. Kingdom Come has expanded to 3,500 acres in recent years and is
treated more like a refuge with very light hunting pressure.
was raised in Memphis and duck hunted with family at Wapanocca, with
Wallace Claypool and friends at Claypool's and other clubs in the area.
David Sr. developed a strong bond with the landscape and its
inhabitants. "The greatest gift my father has given me is the love of
nature. We believe that we should conserve great places and leave them
for those that come behind us," David Jr. said.
Snowdens have been active and instrumental in the Arkansas Nature
Conservancy, an organization dedicated to preserving the best natural
landscapes in Arkansas. The Snowdens worked with the Nature Conservancy
on a conservation easement that was placed on Kingdom Come. A
conservation easement preserves the natural structure of a piece of
property preventing development that would otherwise detract from its
natural beauty and role in an ecosystem. "Kingdom Come winters tens of
thousands of ducks" David Jr. says. "Dad and I want to be sure that it
continues to serve as a refuge long after we are gone so it was an easy
decision for us to place an easement on the property in perpetuity to
ensure the landscape will never significantly be altered."
were leaders in the state using the conservation easement strategy.
This strategy has been used many times since to preserve other lands
around the state. An example is the Moro Big Pine project in south
Arkansas. Potlatch, the timber company, owns the area, and the Arkansas
Game and Fish Commission, The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, The
Nature Conservancy and the Arkansas Forestry Commission joined together
in 2006 to purchase a conservation easement to allow hunting and public
access to 16,000 acres. "Sometimes it is hard to see conservation, but
there are many people behind the scenes preserving our state's natural
resources," David Jr. explained.
and Jr. have volunteered for Ducks Unlimited and David Jr. served on the
national board of Delta Waterfowl Foundation. Currently, in addition to
serving on the board of the Arkansas Nature Conservancy, David Jr.
serves on the board of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation. "Our
mission is to support the activities of the Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission. One of the key ways we are doing that today is the
Foundation's support and development of the Youth Shooting Sports. There
are presently 7,000 youths participating in archery and trap shooting
in Arkansas. They are our future hunting and fishing license holders and
our future conservationists," he said.
in conjunction with these activities is the foundation's
state-of-the-art shooting facility, under construction at Jacksonville
in partnership with the city of Jacksonville. "The challenge has been to get kids back outside again and this program has been a huge success."
Snowdens have also spent many days canoeing Arkansas' streams, fly
fishing for trout and smallmouth, turkey hunting the state and duck
hunting the Big Woods of the Cache and White river bottoms. They
understand the importance of the state's waters as well as its land.
David Sr., and his wife Judy, have two children. David Jr., and his wife Terri, also have two children.
information on the Outdoor Hall of Fame and tickets to the induction
banquet, contact Steve Smith at 501-223-6396 or Wendy Henderson at