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Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Gives AEDC $65,000 for Unpaved Roads

Midwestern scenic of crops growing in the fields creating a panoramic horizon with a gravel road slithering between the plots.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation has given the Arkansas Economic Development Commission $65,000 for its Division of Rural Services Unpaved Roads Grant Program. The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation was able to accomplish this by using private funds that were given by the Arkansas Water Foundation that is now disbanded.   

Pat Fitts, director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) said in a news release, “This is a wonderful example of how public and private partnerships can improve rural roads while benefiting water quality and aquatic species. It’s a win-win for all agencies involved, as well as the countries that will benefit.”

“Currently, there are more requests from counties than there are funds available,” saind Alex Johnston, director of AEDC Division of Rural Services, in a news release. “The generosity from the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation means that we will be able to fund more projects than we have in recent years.”

The Arkansas Unpaved Roads Grant Program is a joint venture among 14 organizations, that was established in 2015. Their mission is to minimize the impact of sediment and runoff in streams, rivers and drinking water supplies while minimizing county maintenance costs.  

“Protecting the water resources Arkansas enjoys benefits the state’s citizens and generations to come,” said ANRC Director Bruce Holland, in a news release, “and we appreciate the joint effort from our sister state agencies and other stakeholders.”

The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation plans to distribute the money over two periods. The first period will be $30,000 for projects in the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 and the second period of $35,000 for projects in Fiscal Year 2019 to begin July 1, 2018.

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