From its territorial declaration in 1819, until its subsequent statehood in 1836 and down to the present day, Arkansas has enjoyed a good balanced, healthy environment. As it seeks to develop its industrial capabilities, however, great care must be exerted to ensure a proper balance between economic development and the preservation and conservation of the vast abundance of natural resources within the state. New, tighter legislative controls must be structured if an ecological equilibrium is to be maintained.
George P. Smith II, An Ecological Perspective for Arkansas, 5 ARK. LAW. 54 (1971).