Students give up spring break to help Arkansas State Parks

(Source: KAIT)
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(Source: KAIT)

WALCOTT, AR (KAIT) - Students from Illinois State University gave up their spring break to help Arkansas State Parks better areas in Region 8.

Students worked on five different projects with Arkansas State Parks.

One of the projects was at Lake Walcott.

Tuesday, a group assisted the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission by dropping in 192 natural habitats into the lake.

The habitats are mostly trees. Some were donated by Lowe's Home Improvement and others are recycled from households.

Elizabeth Kimble, park interpreter, said the work done will help enhance the lake which is something they've needed.

"We had a decline in people catching fish," Kimble said. "We had just a lot of unhappy people, and we don't want that. We want people to come out here and enjoy themselves. It's not only for the people but also for the animals that live in this habitat."

The students dropped the trees in various locations around the lake, and the AGFC plans to track each habitat through the year.

"Counting how many fish are visiting the structures and the size distribution of the fish that are visiting the structures to get a better estimate on what we have in the lake," Kimble said.

Another group of students worked on a new campsite at Crowley's Ridge State Park.

A representative from Arkansas State Parks said they've had the material for the campsite for months but needed help getting it done.

Kimble said the hours these students put in are worth thousands of dollars to the state park organization.

Students also volunteered at Lake Frierson.

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