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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.


Roth Prairie Natural Area

Roth Prairie Natural Area
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Mississippi Alluvial Plain
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Roth Prairie Natural Area is a tract of tallgrass prairie formerly managed for hay production. Grass species typical of tallgrass prairies dominate the site, such as big bluestem and Indiangrass. Prairie mounds occur across Roth Prairie, with some rising up to 3 feet in height. Prairie mounds are generally considered to be an indication that the prairie has never been plowed or leveled. Roth Prairie Natural Area represents one of the last few fragments of tallgrass prairie left in the Grand Prairie of eastern Arkansas (Mississippi Alluvial Plain). It has been estimated that, prior to settlement, the Grand Prairie contained approximately 400,000 acres of prairie. Less than 1 percent of these prairies remain. Arkansas State University holds title to the land.


From Stuttgart, take U.S. Highway 79B to State Highway 276. Travel south 1.0 mile onto South Buerkle Road. After 1.0 mile on this road, turn right onto Roth Prairie Road. Continue 0.8 mile to the southeast corner entrance of natural area.


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

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