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Entergy Arkansas Celebrates Opening of New Nature Trail on Electric Island

10/16/2018

An enthusiastic crowd of nature lovers and project supporters attended the dedication of the new trail on Electric Island on Sept. 21.
An enthusiastic crowd of nature lovers and project supporters attended the dedication of the new trail on Electric Island on Sept. 21.
An enthusiastic crowd of nature lovers and project supporters attended the dedication of the new trail on Electric Island on Sept. 21.
An enthusiastic crowd of nature lovers and project supporters attended the dedication of the new trail on Electric Island on Sept. 21.

In 1981, Arkansas Power & Light donated Electric Island in Lake Hamilton to The Nature Conservancy, which, in turn, partnered with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission to manage the preserve. In September, Entergy Arkansas, The Nature Conservancy and AGFC dedicated a new nature trail that spans the 118-acre island end-to-end.

The island was created with the completion of Carpenter Dam on the Ouachita River in 1931.

"The Nature Conservancy received Electric Island as a gift from Entergy to be kept as natural habitat on the lake," said Scott Simon, executive director of the Arkansas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. "AGFC agreed to manage the property, which we very much appreciate. The Nature Conservancy fire management does controlled burns to restore wildlife habitat, open woods to reduce wildfire risk, and reduce ticks and chiggers.

"This is the great thing about Arkansas — our collaborative conservation community — people working together on habitat conservation with tangible benefits to Arkansas communities. This partnership approach allows us to tackle larger projects, conserve more land, and have a greater positive impact on the state as a whole."

Entergy Arkansas has partnered with The Nature Conservancy on multiple projects, including restoring the Cache River to its original meandering state in Monroe County and developing Ranch North Woods in west Little Rock.


Arkansas Editorial Team