AY Magazine recenlty listed "Faces of the Delta: The Art of AJ Smith" as the #1 thing to do in Arkansas during the month of May! http://www.aymag.com/mays-top-10-things-to-do/
If the RV lifestyle has taught you anything, it’s that there’s always a surprise around the next bend in the highway. As with any trip, discovering something new is what the journey is about. Here, we’ve handpicked 10 far-ranging regions that will leave you feeling like you found more than just a great place to soak in the colors of fall — although you’ll find plenty of those, too! Buckle your seat belt because you’re in for a memorable ride to these eclectic RV destinations from Nevada to New Hampshire.
If music is a must for your leaf-peeping RV tour and you have an interest in the blues, make plans to attend Arkansas’ King Biscuit Blues Festival (www.king biscuitfestival.com) in Helena. One of the nation’s foremost blues showcases, the festival takes place every Columbus Day weekend (October 8 to 11, 2014) in the only downtown area between Memphis and Vicksburg that’s directly on the Mississippi River...
Like the nearby Mississippi River, the blues just keeps flowing through West Helena , a city that celebrates its musical heritage each year during the second weekend of October. Like the music, it can also vary weather, perfect to warm to cold and stormy. But whatever happens, the blues lovers from all over the worldkeep coming.
The festival began in 1986 with artists who played on a trailer of a truck and has since become a festival with great reputation among music fans. The visitor numbers are, according to estimates in recent years, above 50,000. More than 60 acts will perform on six stages, which are prepared in various locations on or near Cherry Street, Helena's "Main Street".
The 29th edition of the festival will be held from 9 to 11 October...
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will partner with the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism (ADPT) to extend the Delta Heritage Trail State Park in southeast Arkansas, according to AHTD officials. Plans were approved in a Minute Order passed by the Arkansas State Highway Commission last week.
The Delta Heritage Trail is a “Rails to Trails” conversion of an abandoned railway line and is used by bicyclists, walkers and joggers.
The State of Arkansas, through efforts by...
New research shows river and associated natural resources generate $151.7 billion annually
Feb. 24, 2014 - The Lower Mississippi River and its associated natural resources support a diverse and productive regional economy, according to a new profile prepared for the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee. Considered together, river-related economic sectors generate $151.7 billion in annual revenue and employ 585,000 people.
In their research, economists sought to document the values derived from or associated with the Lower Mississippi River and its abundant water, extensive forests, rich soil, diverse fish and wildlife, and other resources. Economists examined 10 sectors: manufacturing, navigation, agriculture, tourism, outdoor recreation, energy, mineral extraction, natural resources harvesting, natural resources services and water supply.
The new report, prepared by Industrial Economics, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Dominika Dziegielewska-Parry, an economist based in Jackson, Mississippi, provides an updated economic profile of the same region economists examined for a similar report released in 2004. Readers are cautioned not to make direct comparisons between the two reports because some data sources used were different.
“The Mississippi River’s economic and environmental values to society are often overlooked,” said Angeline Rodgers, acting coordinator of the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee (LMRCC). “This new report clearly shows that the river and the rich natural resources it supports are the foundation of the regional economy and are of great importance to the nation.”
“Continued conservation management will help ensure that the many benefits derived from the Mississippi River will continue for generations to come,” said James Caudill, chief of the Division of Economics for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the lead adviser for the economic profile.
The LMRCC is a coalition of 12 state natural resource conservation and environmental quality agencies in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. It provides the only regional forum dedicated to conserving the natural resources of the Lower Mississippi River’s floodplain and focuses on habitat restoration, long-term conservation planning and nature-based economic development. LMRCC staff work out of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Lower Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
CONTACT: Angeline Rodgers
From the headwaters in Minnesota, south almost to where the mouth of the Mighty Mississippi opens and dumps into the Gulf of Mexico are blue-line roads along the banks of the river. This collection of roads, referred to as the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, is found in all the states along the Mississippi River. Beginning in the northeast corner of Arkansas, 100 miles above west Memphis, and running all the way down to the Louisiana line are pockets of regional history and delta culture that are rich slices of the American scene. They beg to be discovered, and it was our mission...
It’s kinda steamy down here in the Delta. I drove through 2 hours of intense fog from Little Rock to Helena, Arkansas. I had no idea fog could reach so far inland. Miles and miles of rich delta farm land planted with rice, cotton and corn. This area is known as the rice capital of the U.S. with 50% of nation’s rice grown in Arkansas. The folks down here say the river is a blessing and a curse. If the crop is good it’s a blessing and if there’s a big flood like the flood of 1929...