LITTLE ROCK – A land exchange to provide additional acres for public access on Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area was approved this week by Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. In its regular month meeting, the commission approved the exchange with Triple H Farms Inc.
The land exchange involves 160 acres owned by the AGFC and 155.5 acres owned by Triple H Farms. The AGFC land is appraised at $560,000 while the Triple H Farms property is valued at $625,000.
One of the 80 acre tracts owned by AGFC is completely surrounded by private property with no public access. The entire acreage to be obtained by AGFC from Triple H Farms adjoins Bayou Meto WMA and will be accessible by the public. The swap does not include any additional compensation.
The commission also approved a budget increase of $10,000 to begin construction of the first part of the Little Missouri Walking Trail project in Pike County. The project was approved in 2010. The current available funding is $88,000, with $40,000 of that amount coming from the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Project bids were received with the low bid of $97,550. The budget increase will make up the additional money needed to begin construction.