Monthly Meeting – Federal Wildlife Laws

Brandon Bland, Special Agent, USFWS

 

Is it okay to remove cowbird eggs from a nest? Can developers be stopped from cutting down a woodlot? Who should you call when you see criminal actions against wildlife? Special Agent Bland will discuss some of the most common federal wildlife laws, including their history and purpose.

 

Brandon Bland is a Special Agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement, and is stationed in Conway. Brandon has 15 years of combined state and federal law enforcement experience, held multiple positions, and conducted a wide variety of law enforcement duties in many locations throughout his career. Originally from Eureka Springs, Brandon is a seventh generation Arkansan, former U.S. Army Paratrooper, and a graduate of Arkansas Tech University.

Field Trip September 15

Delta Heritage Trail State Park and Mississippi River State Park

 

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Prothro Junction commuter lot, I-40 East, Exit 157, southeast side of the interstate.  Drive time from Little Rock to the Delta Heritage Trail SP is 1 hour 38 minutes.  The Delta Heritage Trail is a rail-to-trail conversion that was acquired by Arkansas State Parks in 1993. Fourteen miles near Helena have been completed in some of the most remote and scenic areas remaining in eastern Arkansas’s Mississippi Delta.  This historic rail trail is easy walking and goes through multiple habitats.

 

We’ll then travel to the Mississippi River SP.  Drive time between the two parks is 25 minutes.  The Mississippi River SP is operated by the Arkansas State Parks within the St. Francis National Forest.  It has a Visitors Center with exhibits.  It is the newest member of the Arkansas State Parks System.  Bear Creek Lake Natural trail is a one-mile loop that provides access to the unique flora and fauna of Crowley’s Ridge. This easy walking trail winds through groves of large native trees, many which are identified and is a great way to explore the forest.  Drive time from the Park back to Little Rock is 1 hour 35 minutes.

 

Directions:

Delta Heritage Trail SP is located at 5539 Hwy. 49, Helena-West Helena.  Phone 870-572-2352. For more information go to deltaheritagetrail@arkansas.com

Mississippi River SP is located at 2955 Hwy. 44, Marianna.  Phone 870-295-4040.  For more information go to   www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/mississippi-river-state-park