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Chuck Dovish takes viewers to Arkansas's National Wildlife Refuges in special edition of "Exploring Arkansas"

Posted 15 Feb 2011

"Arkansas's National Wildlife Refuges," a special edition of "Exploring Arkansas," will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) on Sunday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m.

"National Wildlife Refuges are the best of what 'wild America' has to offer," host Chuck Dovish said. "There aren't any better places for children and adults alike to learn about the natural world."

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world's premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. Since its inception in 1903, the system has grown to more than 150 million acres, 553 national wildlife refuges and other units of the Refuge System, plus 38 wetland management districts. National Wildlife Refuges are specifically managed for wildlife and ecology, but the land is also for people to enjoy and is often referred to as "America's Best Kept Secret."

"National Wildlife Refuges are wild places, and I guess that word 'wild' doesn't appeal to the masses," Amanda Wilkinson, public use specialist at Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge said. "The Fish and Wildlife Service is taking a great initiative to try and change that. We're currently trying to connect people with nature and make any effort we can to appeal not only to the hunters and fishermen, but also the birdwatcher, wildlife enthusiasts hikers."

In this "Exploring Arkansas" special edition, Dovish visits the following National Wildlife Refuges:

"Arkansas's National Wildlife Refuges" will be available on DVD as a thank-you gift for a $60 donation to the AETN Foundation. Donations to the AETN Foundation may be made by calling 800-662-2386 or visiting

"Exploring Arkansas" is a one-of-a-kind program that showcases what Arkansas is all about and focuses on the extreme adventures available in the Natural State. Each episode includes high adventure and outdoor recreation, featuring some of the most breathtaking and spectacular sights in Arkansas. Chuck Dovish has been on the road in the Natural State for more than 30 years. He began "Exploring Arkansas" as a producer and host for AETN in May 2004. "Exploring Arkansas" airs each Monday at 6:30 p.m.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).