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By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of AgricultureFast facts
(Newsrooms, with photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWMFnbG
And video describing the program: https://youtu.be/aNrk2vqeNJk?t=5)
HUMPHREY, Ark. — It’s “everything I could imagine and more!” That’s how Katherine
Allen described her first months as a student in a unique graduate certificate program
in waterfowl habitat and recreational management.
Allen, who graduated from Louisiana State University in May, is one of four students
who make up the first class of a program enabled by a partnership between the Five
Oaks Ag Research and Education Center and two University of Arkansas System entities:
the Division of Agriculture and UA-Monticello.
Allen and her fellow students were on hand Sept. 28 to meet representatives from the
wildlife, forestry and agriculture sectors, as well as members of the UA System board
of trustees and administrators during an open house held at the Five Oaks Duck Lodge,
where the program is hosted. The one-year certificate program runs from August to
Allen’s research involves configuring methodology to determine seed yields within
various moist soil units on the Five Oaks property.
“I’ve learned many variables and factors go into maintaining a healthy environment
for our waterfowl and other species,” she said. “It has been truly exciting to know
the ins and outs of land management and how we, as future conservationists, can help
instill this outlook onto others.”
Delanie Warren, who joined the program after graduating from Texas A&M, agreed with
“The graduate certificate program has exceeded my expectations,” she said. “I enjoy
that we are out in the woods every week, learning new things about land management,
acquiring new skills, and getting our hands dirty. I believe it is very important
to get this kind of exposure so that when we find a career in this field, we know
the field work side of it along with the research.
“Seeing the huge flocks of waterfowl flying over and stopping on the land at Five
Oaks is unreal and makes me excited for the season to come!” Warren said.
Brandon Bennett, who graduated from UAM in the spring, praised the program for enabling
the students to be “more on-the-ground and hands-on land managers. That’s what we’re
learning and developing our skills toward … We’re learning these in a professional
way by professionals who have done this all their lives.”
Planting seedsGeorge Dunklin, owner and founder of Five Oaks, drew a parallel from his childhood
to the learning going on today.
“I go back to my dad … and he planted seeds of conservation in my head back when I
was 10 or 11 years old,” Dunklin said. “He said ‘son, we don’t own this land, we are
just the caretakers for that very short time when we’re on this earth.’
“I learned how important his words were,” he said. “That’s what we want to pass on
to these young kids that are coming up.”
Peggy Doss, chancellor of UAM, called the program a “really great example of an innovative
partnership between public and private entities. It’s a partnership where common goals
will be met and will be delivered to our students so they can have improved lives,
great careers and give back to the land. They’ll be giving back to conservation.
“This program will help with employees in the industries where there is an intersection
between the wildlife and the hospitality sectors,” she said.
Douglas Osborne, professor at UAM and program director, asked for continued support
“My vision … is to build as many relationships as I can with agencies and organizations
and partners outside so that I can learn from you on things that we’re missing,” he
“My ask to you is to help me to understand some things that we can get these students
involved in during the year, so we can better prepare them to apply for jobs in your
A great foundation Mark Cochran, just-retired head of the Division of Agriculture, praised the quality
of the students in the first class and the diversity of their origins around the country.
He laid out two projects that are part of imwportant habitat research that was being
done in the program. One is “an inventory of the ecosystem, looking at the bottomland
hardwoods and what environmental stresses and how they will be improved by the management
we have,” he said. “The second thing is looking at the mallard use of our bottomland
hardwood forest; looking at mallard migration, abundance and health.
“This is a great foundation, but it’s just a start,” he said and urged the audience
to “come back in five years” to see the progress. Michael Blazier, dean of UAM’s College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources,
as well as being director of the Arkansas Forest Resources Center for the Division
of Agriculture, said plans were being laid for the future of the program.
“Thinking about the fact that eastern Arkansas is one of the world’s top flyways,
when we look at factors in the forest that could compromise the health of that system,
we make that a focal point and that’s what this partnership is doing,” he said. “We’re
going to be meeting here again early next week to brief the research team to start
developing priorities for the next year’s research funding.
“Look at the scale of this partnership and what it’s doing, it’s good for our program
as well as our natural resources throughout this region,” Blazier said. “We’re in
the perfect spot to do this sort of work.”
To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension. To learn more about Division
of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: aaes.uada.edu. Follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture,
visit https://uada.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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