EDITORIAL | Good From Bad: Arkansas uses fines to help teach students conservation

(Arkansas Game and Fish Commission)
(Arkansas Game and Fish Commission)

Folks who get caught violating Arkansas' wildlife regulations usually have to pay a fine as punishment for breaking the law.

And the money from fines is helping the younger generation learn about conservation.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Conservation Education Grant Program, administered through The Arkansas Economic Development Commission Division of Rural Services, has distributed more than $500,000 so far this year to schools across the state. The money came from the pockets of lawbreakers.

The grants allow schools district to establish and fund wildlife and conservation education programs, as well as outdoor sports activities such as archery, fishing and competitive shooting.

Some of that cash came our way.

Just over $15,000 of that money was awarded to schools in our own Miller County. Hempstead County schools got nearly $12,000. Little River County schools received more than $9,000 and schools in Howard County benefitted by $9,100.

All the money the ADFC collects in wildlife violation fines goes into the grant program.

"The best way to prevent future violations is to instill a love of the resource in our future hunters, anglers, and outdoors enthusiasts and teach them why it's so important to follow the regulations," AGFC Director Austin Booth said in a news release.

We agree. And we are glad to see the state doing good with the money collected from those who do bad.

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