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Within the System of Natural Areas are sites that represent some of the best, and last, remaining examples of the state’s original natural landscape. Natural areas are special places that protect rare natural communities and provide vital habitat for a host of plant and animal species, some of which are considered to be rare, threatened, or endangered. Locate one of our 79 natural areas below.


Moro Big Pine Natural Area-Wildlife Management Area

Moro Big Pine Natural Area-Wildlife Management Area
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Coastal Plain
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Moro Big Pine Natural Area WMA
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Moro Big Pine Natural Area-Wildlife Management Area is part of a 120,000 acre site that is considered the best and largest remaining loblolly pine flatwoods in the Coastal Plain of Arkansas. The soils at this site are poorly-drained with a shallow fragipan that limits root penetration and creates wetland conditions during part of the growing season. Overall diversity is high with several rare plant communities represented including pine flatwoods savanna and woodland, saline soil barrens, and both wooded and open sandy seeps. The site also supports a variety of rare plants and animals including the federally endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. A conservation easement on the area ensures that some of this habitat is also managed to support increased game species like deer, turkey, and quail. A private landowner, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) co-manage the natural area.


From Hampton travel south on U.S. Highway 167 approximately 8.5 miles to County Road 29 and turn left (east). Proceed 4.4 miles to County Road 31 (second road on the right). Turn right and travel approximately 0.3 mile to parking area.


Specific types of hunting are allowed on this natural area. For details, see the Moro Big Pine WMA listing in the current Arkansas Hunting Guidebook. Take all necessary safety precautions when visiting this area.

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