Governor Pronounces Workplace of Outside Recreation; Acquisition of Blue Mountain in Maumelle Pinnacles : Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson


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June 21, 2021

Governor Announces Outdoor Recreation Office; Acquisition of Blue Mountain in Maumelle Pinnacles

SMALL STONE – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today that he is opening the Office of Outdoor Recreation to coordinate awareness, opportunity, and responsibility for the outdoors in Arkansas.

The governor announced that the state has added Blue Mountain to its inventory of outdoor recreation areas and signed a letter of intent to operate the Lake Sylvia Recreation Area.

“We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and you don’t have to look far in one direction to know,” said Governor Hutchinson during a press conference in the governor’s conference room. “We want it to stay that way. The Office of Outdoor Recreation will maximize the opportunities for outdoor recreation in Arkansas while preserving our past and preserving our beauty. “

This office will be located in the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT) under the direction of Secretary Stacy Hurst, who will shortly begin a director search.

With the acquisition of Blue Mountain, the state will take responsibility for all three mountains in the Maumelle Pinnacles chain, which also includes Pinnacle Mountain and Rattlesnake Ridge. The addition of Blue Mountain is another example of public-private sector collaboration. The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has purchased Blue Mountain from PotlatchDeltic. Preserving this land protects the Little Maumelle River and contributes to a 12,000 acre conservation and recreation corridor.

The Lake Sylvia Recreation Area is the only surviving boy scout camp established by the Works Progress Administration.

Arkansas’s outdoor recreation ranks nearly $ 10 billion annually, supports 96,000 jobs valued at $ 2.5 billion, and generates $ 698 million in local and state tax revenue.

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