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October 01, 2014
Buffalo National River Accepting Applications for Guided Services
The National Park Service is now accepting applications for Commercial Use Authorizations to conduct water based commercial activities at Buffalo National River.

September 29, 2014
Smoke in the Air
In addition over the next 90 days the National Park Service in Arkansas plans to conduct prescribed fires at Buffalo National River, Pea Ridge National Military Park, and Hot Springs National Park.

July 01, 2014
Second Annual Stream Ecology Camp
Environmental education staff from Buffalo National River worked with the Ozark Unlimited Resources and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to host the Second Annual Stream Ecology Camp at the Fred Berry Conservation and Education Center in Yellville, Arkansas.

May 27, 2014
Park Restrooms Open
Visitors to Buffalo National River will soon find that almost all of the restrooms previously closed due to budget shortfalls will be opened as soon as possible...

May 09, 2014
Boxley Valley Mill Tours
The National Park Service and Buffalo National River is pleased to announce that the historic Boxley Grist Mill will be open Saturday, May 24th.

May 06, 2014
End of Search for Overdue Hunter
At approximately 4 pm today (Monday) the body of James Wilson Taylor was located upstream of Baker Ford near Rocky Hollow.

May 05, 2014
Search for Missing Searcy County Hunter Continues
Searcy County resident Wilson Taylor left early Friday morning for a turkey hunt along the Buffalo River near Baker Ford but did not return by nightfall and was reported overdue by family members early Saturday morning.

April 10, 2014
Youth Conservation Corps Positions Now Available
Eight Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) positions available.

March 17, 2014
Hypothermic Woman Brought out of the Ponca Wilderness
On Sunday, March 16, Buffalo National River Search and Rescue successfully assisted with the extrication of a 17 year old woman from the Ponca Wilderness.

March 14, 2014
Fire Activity Keeps Federal, State, and Local Agencies Busy
Whether you smell it or see it, the presence of smoke in the air is generally widespread this week as a combination of prescribed and wildfires appear on the Ozark landscape.

February 25, 2014
On July 21, 2013, rangers received a report of the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl at Ozark Campground during the Memorial Day weekend.

February 24, 2014
Correction to 2014 Fishing Regulations on the Buffalo
It has come to the attention of Buffalo River staff that a change in the 2014 Fishing Guidebook, published by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, states that snagging is prohibited on the river per NPS regulation.

February 21, 2014
Buffalo National River Launches Community Partners Program
Earlier this week Buffalo National River launched a Community Partners program that is intended to improve visitor information services and strengthen communications and relationships with local businesses and organizations.

February 11, 2014
Talkin Trash with the National Park Service
The new ‘Give Us a Hand’ policy, which places the onus on park visitors to responsibly manage the waste they bring into the park, is modeled after similar initiatives implemented at George Washington Memorial Parkway and state parks in Ohio, Delaware, and Maryland.

November 27, 2013
Buffalo National River is pleased to reopen the Steel Creek Campground, including the horsecamp, beginning Friday evening, November 29th.

November 21, 2013
Buffalo National River maintenance reports that the Lost Valley Trail will likely remain closed for another week and a half.

November 14, 2013
Buffalo National River Plan Released
Buffalo National River has released its operational plan of visitor facilities for FY14. Visitors will find some changes next year, such as the absence of trash cans and recycling bins in many localities. The park is asking the public to “Give Us a Hand” and pack out what you pack in.

November 13, 2013
Buffalo National River Campground Fees to Increase on November 15
Buffalo National River is increasing the fee at five developed campgrounds. This is the first fee increase at Buffalo National River in ten years, made necessary by rising operational costs.

November 12, 2013
Long-awaited construction is scheduled to take place next week on the popular Lost Valley hiking trail in Boxley Valley.

November 06, 2013
The National Park Service is soliciting bids for agricultural permits covering thirty-four (34) parcels in portions of Buffalo National River within Newton and Searcy Counties in Arkansas.

October 25, 2013
Tours Offered of Historic 1870s Grist Mill
This weekend, visitors will have an opportunity to tour the mill and learn more about the history of Boxley Valley.

July 17, 2013
No Fire Bans for Buffalo National River at this Time
Although county governments surrounding the Buffalo National River have issued an open outdoor burning ban, the Buffalo National River has no campfire restrictions at this time.

July 15, 2013
Trailwork Opportunity
HIKE! invites participants to learn about trail construction and maintenance with a monthly program located in the Newton County portion of Buffalo National River.

July 15, 2013
Bluff Jumper Injured at Grinders Ferry
A 19-year old man sustained injuries on Saturday, July 13th, after jumping off of a 35 foot bluff at Grinders Ferry.

June 11, 2013
Ponca and Erbie Horsecamp Reopen
Two additional closures have been lifted through volunteerism.

June 03, 2013
Search Ended for Diving Victim
The body of 27 year old Stephen A Carney of Austin TX who had jumped from a high bluff last Friday and never resurfaced was located at about 4 pm (Sunday).

June 02, 2013
Update on Search Efforts for Diving Victim
The search continues for a 28 year-old male subject who failed to surface after diving off a 25-foot-high bluff on the Buffalo River Friday afternoon.

June 01, 2013
Bluff-Diving Fatality and Search on Upper Buffalo River
At approximately 2 pm on Friday, May 31, Newton County 911 was notified by cell phone of an accident that took place just downstream from Erbie on the Buffalo River...

May 10, 2013
After the drought conditions in 2012, floaters are thrilled to see the rise in the river level and the number of canoes and kayaks on the river has picked up dramatically.

March 05, 2013
Buffalo National River Makes Top Ten List
Buffalo National River is one of the top ten under appreciated parks...

February 26, 2013
National Park Tourism in Arkansas Creates $151 Million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 2,879,494 visitors to national parks in Arkansas spent $151,000,000 in communities surrounding those parks.

February 26, 2013
Buffalo National River Tourism Creates $38,000,000 in Local Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 1,169,802 visitors to Buffalo National River spent $38,232,000 in communities surrounding the park.

January 17, 2013
Lower Wilderness Closure Due to Precribed Fire
Buffalo National River will conduct a controlled burn inside the Lower Buffalo Wilderness area.

January 16, 2013
Buffalo National River Receives 2012 Wastewater Treatment Awards
Buffalo National River received the overall award for 2012 for Small Wastewater Systems

December 21, 2012
Proposed Fee Increase
Buffalo National River is seeking public comment and opinion on its proposal to increase fees at eight developed campgrounds. If approved, the new fee rates would become effective March 15, 2013. This would be the first campground fee increase to be enacted at Buffalo National River since 2003.

November 15, 2012
Buffalo National River Relaxes Winter Closures
A review of park operations has resulted in a revision of the reduction in services decision announced two weeks ago.

November 06, 2012
Emergency Phones Reinstalled
Buffalo River Chamber of Commerce working in partnership with Ritter Communications and the National Park Service is re-installing emergency and courtesy pay phones

October 29, 2012
Buffalo National River Announces Seasonal Reduction in Services
In response to both real and anticipated budget cuts in the National Park Service, Buffalo National River will impose a seasonal reduction of services parkwide.

October 11, 2012
Dogs No Longer Allowed at Lost Valley
The Buffalo National River mangment team has decided to no longer allow dogs on Lost Valley trail.

October 01, 2012
Commercial Use Authorizes Guided Fishing and Sightseeing
Buffalo National River will authorize guided fishing services and guided sightseeing tours through a Commercial Use Authorization

September 06, 2012
Lost Valley Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated work on an Environmental Assessment (EA) and is seeking public and agency input for the proposed Lost Valley Flood Repairs project.

May 23, 2012
The First National River Celebrates 40th Anniversary
To pay tribute to its historical creation, Buffalo National River celebrated its 40th anniversary with two media days.

September 06, 2011
Buffalo Point Campground Closure
The Buffalo Point Campground will be closed from noon on Sunday, September 11th, until noon on Monday, September 19th, 2011 for road resurfacing.

August 19, 2011
Safety Advisory for Compton-Erbie Road
Vehicular travel on 2.6 miles of Newton County Road 19 between the Hideout Hollow Trailhead and Erbie is not recommended.

June 16, 2011
Lost Valley Reopens
Lost Valley is open again since the 2011 April flood took out the bridge, scoured the trail, and created a number of unsafe areas.

June 10, 2011
YCC Workers Begin Job
The Youth Conservation Corp team, consisting of area students has hit the ground running in its first week of work at Buffalo National River.

May 27, 2011
Art In The Park
Join our Artist in Residence (AIR) at Buffalo Point Ranger Station at 3:00 pm on June 2nd for an introductory discussion...

May 26, 2011
Buffalo Point Annual Fishing Clinic
Attention aspiring anglers and fishermen interested in passing on the proud tradition of fishing in the Ozark waterways.

May 26, 2011
Search Continues for Drowning Victim
Day 2 of victim search

May 25, 2011
Search underway for Newton County Man in Buffalo National River
On Tuesday evening at approximately 7 pm, May 24, 2011, Newton County resident 21 year old David Boyd, disappeared in the Buffalo River while attempting to swim to the other side.

May 23, 2011
Harrison Community Garden Partners with Buffalo National River
The City of Harrison and Buffalo National River have entered into a unique partnership to reuse and recycle horse manure.

May 12, 2011
Flood Recovery - Update May 12
Buffalo National River is continuing to assess and repair flood damage.

May 07, 2011
Buffalo National River Flood Recovery Efforts
May 7 Flood Update

May 06, 2011
Buffalo National River Recovering from Flood
Buffalo National River Recovering from Flood

May 03, 2011
Flood Update - May 3
Flood Update for May 3

May 03, 2011
Buffalo River Backcountry Horsemen thank the Buffalo National River trail crew
Buffalo River Backcountry Horsemen recently hosted a barbeque at the Tyler Bend Pavillion to congratulate and thank the Buffalo National River trail crew

May 02, 2011
Flood Update - May 2
Flood update for Buffalo National River

March 09, 2011
Small Fire Temporarily Closes Sneed Creek Trail
Small fire in the Ponca Wildness caused temporary closure of Sneed Creek trail.

November 18, 2010
Server and CMS Upgrade
Problems with website

November 09, 2010
Fire restrictions for BNR
Due to the extreme dry weather event and in concert with county burn bans, Buffalo National River is issuing restrictions on the use of fires and smoking within the park.

September 01, 2010
Environmental Assessment
Buffalo National River (BNR) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) and is seeking public comment for the proposed Facilities Improvements project to determine if the project could potentially result in any significant impacts to the natural or human environment.

June 22, 2010
Mill Creek Sewage
Health concerns remain regarding bacteria concentrations in Mill Creek, a tributary of the Buffalo River in Newton County, Arkansas, following a breakdown in a local septic system in January of 2009.

June 01, 2010
Cave Closures
To help stop the spread of the Geomyces sp. fungus suspected to be the causative agent of White Nose Syndrome, most park caves are closed to recreational caving until further notice.

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