Extensive revisions for the operation of the Camp Robinson Special Use Area, commonly called the field trial grounds, have been proposed by the Wildlife Management Division of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
The area is east of Mayflower and Lake Conway. It was established by the agency after World War II on land transferred from the federal government.
The facilities were destroyed or heavily damaged in the April 27 tornado that also hit Mayflower and Vilonia.
The proposed plans do not call for rebuilding the stone and wood clubhouse just off Clinton Road. A delegation of interested persons, mostly field trial representatives, asked the commission on May 15 to rebuild the clubhouse.
A Game and Fish official said Thursday that a meeting is scheduled July 8 with agency leaders and representatives “from the various user groups” to discuss the proposals. The meeting will be at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Game and Fish headquarters, 2 Natural Resources Drive in Little Rock.
The clubhouse had photos, trophies and other memorabilia of dog competitions and was also used for a variety of meetings and social events. It was constructed in 1955 by a number of field trial organizations and was maintained by the Game and Fish Commission.
Other proposed changes for the special use area include not purchasing quail to be released for field trials and to focus habitat work on wildlife instead of field trial courses. New offices and storage buildings for equipment are suggested along with repairing and rebuilding restrooms, campgrounds and other facilities used in field trials.
“The AGFC will continue to offer for use the grounds and limited facilities for all those that wish to use them. Groups wishing to schedule and conduct field trials will continue to have that opportunity under new protocols shifting the responsibility for the purchase, release, feeding/watering and care of the birds to the field trial groups. Horseback riding activities will be minimally impacted, except for a reduction in some available facilities.”