Landowners, AGFC Biologists Honored

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Five Arkansas landowners and two Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists earned special recognition for their outstanding conservation efforts at the Wildlife Habitat Restoration and Private Lands conference held May 8-9 at the Delta Resort in McGehee.

Kenneth and Grady Harvell of Izard County received the Arkansas Land Stewardship Award for their impressive work on their property, which included the reintroduction of more than 30 acres of native grasses and numerous prescribed burns to promote grassland habitat. Their work not only earned them this award, but also has fostered an impressive response with northern bobwhite on the property as well as other species dependent upon open habitat.

AGFC Private Lands Program Coordinator Ted Zawislak said, “Both Harvell brothers have done an outstanding job managing their property for quail.  Kenneth is one of those rare landowners that understands the constant disturbance it takes to create and maintain good quail habitat.”

Zawislak said he knows Kenneth Harvell’s passion well.

“He sends me a new text message every time he sees a covey or two on the property,” Zawislak said.   MORE

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