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Iím Heather Arick and Iíve been the Administrative Assistant at the Pulaski Conservation District for the last two years. Iíve really enjoyed it. Iím leaving because I've accepted a fulltime position at another state agency. Iíve learned a lot about the roles in conservation and gotten the opportunity to receive guidance and support from a wonderful group of people.

I want to thank our Board Chairman, Board of Directors, District Conservationist, District Technician, landowners, and other agency affiliates for making my experience a very positive one.

Thank You!

Honoring Bill

Pulaski Conservation District Hiring:

The Pulaski Conservation District is seeking an Administrative Assistant for the North Little Rock Field Service Center. The Pulaski Conservation District Administrative Assistant is responsible for providing administrative and clerical services in order to ensure effective and efficient operation of the District. Interested applicants may submit resumes to Dennis Hackbart at dennishackbart@aol.com or Heather Arick at heather.arick@ar.nacdnet.net For more information, please call our office at (501) 758-2544 Ext.3.

All applications must be postmarked no later than Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Bill Dorough Honored for 27 Years of Service:

On April 15, 2013, the Pulaski Conservation District Board of Directors honored Bill Dorough. Chairman Dennis Hackbart presented him with a plaque for his years of service with the district. He decided to retire after 27 years, serving on the board as Vice-President. Heís been an asset to our district and to conservation.

Honoring Bill

Bill has been promoting agriculture his whole life. Born and raised in Pulaski County, he began working on the farm and showing livestock at the age of 9. Heís a Korean War veteran (U.S. Army) and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, with a degree in animal science.

For the last 36 years, Billís been a top official with the Arkansas State Fair, serving 30 years as livestock director. He retired back in 2004, but was asked to return a year later, and he currently runs the livestock shows. Bill has also owned and operated a 70-head dairy cattle operation in Sweet Home, Arkansas for 25 years, until he switched from dairy to beef cattle. Today, he has a 70-head Angus cow/calf operation.

In addition, Bill Dorough has been active on a number of boards that serve the agricultural community. Boards such as: The Pulaski County Farm Bureau for more than 30 years; the Farmersí Association Co-op board, serving as President for 23 years; the Arkansas State Fair Board of Governors; the Pulaski County 4-H Foundation, where he is Vice-President. He has also been on the Cooperative Extension Service Advisory Council; the Fourche Island Drainage Commission; the International Association of Fairs & Expositions; and the Arkansas State Fair Managerís Association.Outside of agriculture, Bill and his wife Frances are active members of the Primrose Methodist Church in Little Rock.

Bill and Francis

The Pulaski Conservation District greatly appreciates Bill Dorough for his dedication to the board and to conservation for the past 27 years.

Central High School to Compete at 26th Annual North American Envirothon

Congratulations to Little Rock Central High School! They competed in the State Envirothon held on November 18 & 19, 2012 at UCA in Conway. Out of 18 teams, Central won the State Envirothon overall. They also won the oral competition, special topic, and aquatics sections. The Little Rock Central High School Team A will represent Arkansas at the 26th Annual North American Envirothon this summer. The Envirothon will be held at Montana State University, Bozeman from August 4-10, 2013. The Pulaski Conservation District wishes Central High School the best of luck!

Honoring Students

(From left: Gary Earleywine, Claire Schmidt, Anne Meeks, Nathanael Ji, Avinash Arulmurugu, Ester Park and Sid Lowrance)

Meet Your New Conservation District Director:
Tracey Bemis

Tracey Bemis was recently elected to a 3 year term on the Pulaski Conservation Districtís Board of Directors.Michigan native Tracey and his wife Donna established Bemis Tree Farm in October 1992 by purchasing 80 acres of land and a 90-inch Big John Tree Transplanter mounted on a 1985 Mack Truck. They primarily did large shade trees, but their business has grown to 175 acres with 50 varieties of trees, ranging from smaller trees and shrubs to 30 ft tall trees. In their expansion process, the Bemisís have had help from their two sons, Nathan and Jeremy.

The Bemis Family was also named the Pulaski County Farm Family in 1998. Tracey is currently the President of the Pulaski County Farm Bureau Board of Directors.The Bemisís attend Geyer Springs First Baptist Church.

The Pulaski Conservation District congratulates Tracey Bemis and looks forward to working with him to accomplish goals for Pulaski County and its landowners.

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