LITTLE ROCK –
During a recent monthly meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission, Wildlife Officer First Class Joel Campora was honored for
his heroism during a swift-water rescue attempt earlier this summer.
May 31 during the rescue attempt in western Arkansas. His body was
recovered June 2 where flood waters from Mill Creek and the Fourche La
Fave River also took the lives of Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter
and two women.
video tribute of Campora's life, he was posthumously awarded the
Wildlife Officer of the Year Award from Shikar Safari and received
special recognition from Lt. Gov. Mark Darr. The Greenwood Fire
Department presented Campora's wife Rebecca with the American flag that
was flown during his funeral in Waldron. The Campora video is available
on YouTube at http://youtu.be/kGtF4usN1zY
Commission business, new boating regulations will go into effect
immediately on the state's wildlife management areas. The regulation is
designed to address unsafe boating during waterfowl season by assessing
points for boating violations. Major problem areas on WMAs will be
marked with warning signs.
new regulation, violation points were not assessed for unsafe operation
of boats. Specific violations that will be addressed by the new
regulation include reckless boating, moving at speeds that are
considered unsafe, boating under the influence and creating hazardous
wakes when passing or approaching other boats. Violation of the new
regulation will result in six violation points toward revocation of a
The Commission also:
*Approved a budget increase of $44,800 for the purchase of swift-water rescue life vests for the Enforcement Division.
surplus 18-foot SeaArk boat and Mercury outboard motor to the Lafayette
County Office of Emergency Services. The boat will be used as a dive
team and rescue boat by the agency. *Granted surplus surveillance
equipment to several law enforcement agencies across the state.
several boating access improvements across Arkansas. The accesses
include Pine Ridge Road at De Queen Lake in Sevier County, Palarm Creek
Access in Pulaski County, White River Ranchette Access in Marion County,
Big Hurricane Lake Access in White County, and Wattensaw Bayou Access
in Prairie County and the Old Factory Site Access on the Little Missouri
River in Pike County.
update on the state's turkey brood survey. The survey suggested that the
turkey reproduction in 2013 was lower than in 2012.
new regulation for primate restrictions. The guideline coincides with
new state regulations that were approved by the Legislature.
funding for three new state wildlife grant projects. The projects
include surveys on four frog species of conservation concern,
determining distribution and abundance of two species of burrowing
crayfish in southwestern Arkansas, and researching forest management
techniques for bottomland hardwood forests.
budget increase of about $1.3 million to implement a Recovery Land
Acquisition Grant project to protect three endangered species and one
threatened species. The federal money will go toward purchasing 1,611
acres adjacent to the Longview Saline Natural Area WMA. The AGFC is in
partnership with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. The acreage
will be incorporated into the Longview Saline Natural Area WMA.