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Tommy Young – Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center
by Nita Bishop, Contributing Writer
November 2, 2012


Tommy Young of the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center has submitted an application to the USDA for approval to make his facility an Education and Visitor Center.  During this application process, the Center is not allowed to be open to the public. Upon approval by the USDA, the Center will reopen.

Tommy is one of the few persons in Arkansas qualified to provide all methods of rehabilitation for various forms of wildlife.  His services are greatly needed by the community and the animals, and the education he provides is unsurpassed.

Tommy, as have many others, has been adversely affected by the downturn in the economy, and he does have several immediate needs to meet the USDA requirements for an Education and Visitor Center. 

The First National Bank of Mena has an account established for the Tommy Young’s Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center, and any and all donations for his 501c(3) organization will be appreciated.  All contributions are tax deductible.  Immediate needs for contributions include:
                     
  • Purchasing various types of feed for all the animals, including the carnivores.
  • Purchasing a load of top soil to be used for making garden beds as required by the USDA to beautify the area for visitors.
  • Receiving bags of raked leaves to provide bedding for all the animals.
  • Donations of plants that individuals have dug for his planting.  The Polk County Master Gardeners have agreed to help plant any donated plants.
  • Funds for him to transport an injured bald eagle to LSU for surgery and rehabilitation.  Because the bird will be crossing state lines, Tommy must take the bird himself and provide for his own expenses.
The cost of caring for animals can be sizeable, especially during the winter months.  Please send your donations to First National Bank of Mena at 600 Highway 71 South, Mena, AR 71953 designated to Tommy Young’s Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center.  Without your help it is possible that the Center may not be able to meet USDA requirements and may not be able to reopen.