October 13, 2022 Natural State Tomorrow

Austin Booth, Director of Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Director Austin Booth will cover the FY 22 (7/1/21 to 6/30/22) Annual Report, the first of its kind for the agency, and then share highlights from “Natural State Tomorrow”, AGFC’s strategic plan that will guide the agency for the next five years. Focal areas for the Strategic Plan include Staff Excellence, Conservation and Enhancement of Statewide Habitat, Commitment to Arkansans, and Outreach. Without many partners, including Audubon and others, the agency will be unable to complete the ambitious goals we have laid out. AGFC looks forward to working with its partners to help improve habitat and conservation in Arkansas.

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At 35 years of age, Austin Booth is the youngest director chosen to lead the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. This former United States Marine Corps captain most recently served as chief of staff and chief financial officer for the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs. Born in Little Rock and raised in Scott, Booth received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina and served his country in many capacities from 2011-2019, including a 2015-16 deployment to Afghanistan. His passion for promoting “common man and common woman conservation” promises to increase the AGFC’s efforts to recruit, retain, and reactivate the next generation of Arkansas’s outdoors enthusiasts. His dedication to supporting science-based conservation will ensure the health of The Natural State’s resources.

7PM via Zoom

September 8, 2022 Invasive Plant Ecology & Management for Private Landowners

Nate Weston, Beaver Watershed Alliance

Nate will give a brief primer on the Beaver Watershed Alliance before launching into invasive species ecology and management. Topics will include the historic and contemporary definitions of “invasive” as well as the inherent subjectivity surrounding the term “invasive.” Related terms, some common invasive species, the mechanism behind invasion, the ecological impact of invasion, and the key steps of developing an action plan to replace invasives with indigenous species will be included. This presentation will emphasize equipping participants with an objective understanding of ecological invasion, rather than “plant shaming,” to help landowners and land managers promote effective stewardship to diverse stakeholder groups, especially those with differing values. Nate is the Geospatial Ecologist for the Beaver Watershed Alliance. The Alliance promotes voluntary best-management practices to landowners and municipalities in the Beaver Lake Watershed. Nate has worked in landscape and restoration ecology, natural resources management, and environmental education since 2014. Previously, he helped manage the Jewel Moore Nature Reserve while earning his degree at the UCA, then worked as a GIS Analyst at the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. He has expertise in erosion, native and invasive plant ecology, habitat management, and the development of comprehensive land management plans. Nate also serves as President of the Arkansas Native Plant Society and Treasurer of the Multi-Basin Regional Water Council, and is an enthusiastic supporter of native-plant landscaping.

7PM via Zoom