Wilson Springs Preserve in Fayetteville will open to the public with a unique arts and nature festival titled Immerse Saturday Sept. 7. Hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, the event will feature music, arts installations, demonstrations and interpretive walks.
On Thursday's show we introduced you to the once-abundant Ozark chinquapin and the chestnut blight that wiped out a large chunk of the tree population from the region in the 1950s. In part two, we go back to Hobbs State Park where volunteers are working with the Ozark Chinquapin Foundation to cross-pollinate blight-resistant trees in hopes of bringing the species back from the brink.
The Ozark chinquapin had once been abundant on the rocky ridges of the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and eastern Texas, but a chestnut blight, which arrived in the region in 1957, wiped out large chunks of the population. For several years, Hobbs State Park has been working with the Missouri-based Ozark Chinquapin Foundation to bring the tree back.
The Land Trust Alliance, as well as regional nonprofit land trusts in Arkansas, are issuing a warning about promoters who package and sell syndicated conservation easements to investors as tax shelters.