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High School Woodworking Class Fabricates Ecological Surveillance Skiffs

Ten students at Clear Spring School in Eureka Springs have spent part of their school year fabricating two wooden skiffs outfitted with large wooden oars. They have been guided by noted Arkansas woodworker Doug Stowe, and we follow the young woodworkers from shop to shore to observe the inaugural launch of both rowboats on Lake Leatherwood west of Eureka Springs. The skiffs will be used both as school recreational craft for the children and environmental monitoring platforms to measure water quality in the Lake Leatherwood watershed.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards.