LITTLE ROCK —Arkansas wildlife areas, nature centers and fishing facilities will undergo a $3.5 million face lift under a plan approved by the state Game and Fish Commission.
The money for the work will come from natural gas lease funds the commission received but which have been tied up through court actions resolved in the state’s favor.
Many of the 133 projects the commission approved at a special meeting Thursday were termed “deferred maintenance.” Some of the more extensive projects include:
—Exhibit upgrades and repairs at the Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center at Pine Bluff, $300,000.
—Expansion of skeet and trap shooting facilities at the Camp Robinson Firing Range, $90,000.
—Repairs and safety additions at the Camp Robinson Firing Range, $55,000.
—Drainage clean outs at Bayou Meto WMA, $200,000.
–Renovation of the Beaver Lake Nursery Pond, $100,000.
—Paving of the access area at Pendleton on the lower Arkansas River, $100,000.
—Repairs of a boat launch at Horseshoe Bend Access Area on Beaver Lake, $100,000.
—Replacement of a floating fishing pier at Lake Ashbaugh in Greene County, $74,000.
—Repairs to eroded levees at Des Arc Lake in Prairie County, $100,000.
—Renovation of the Mercer Bayou Access Area in Miller County, $80,000.
—Repairing an access road and parking area on the U.S. 71 Access Area to the Red River in Miller County.
By Joe Mosby
Arkansas News Correspondent