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ANCRC Visits Arkansas Tech Campus

Representatives from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) visited the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville this week to see how the university has invested $2.55 million in ANCRC grants in recent years.

Representatives from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) visited the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville this week to see how the university has invested $2.55 million in ANCRC grants in recent years.

Funds from ANCRC grants have helped Arkansas Tech renovate the Old Art Building, Hughes Hall and Caraway Hall. All three structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

"These are the types of projects that the council likes to see happening," said Randy Dennis, program manager for the ANCRC. "We go out about once a year and are hosted by a university or one of our other grantees. It's really good for our council members to see the results of the work that they do."

According to its Web site, the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council was established by the Arkansas Legislature in 1987 by Arkansas Act 729 (now codified as Arkansas Code Annotated 15-12-101 through 15-12-103). The act created the ANCRC to manage and supervise a grants and trust fund for the acquisition, management and stewardship of state-owned properties acquired or used for ANCRC approved purposes.

The grants are funded through state's real estate transfer tax. The ANCRC consists of eleven voting members. Grants from this fund are for projects that protect and maintain state-owned natural areas, historic sites and outdoor recreation.

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