Conservation

Courtesy / Dane Schumacher

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is calling for public comment on a proposal to remove the term “karst” from its National Handbook of Conservation Practices, regarding sinkholes. Ozarks environmental consultant Dane Schumacher says karst designations are critical to conserving watersheds. The deadline to comment has been extended to Thursday, Apr. 22, 2021.

Courtesy / Rebecca Haynie

In the mid-1990s, dozens of bald eagles started dying at DeGray Lake after exhibiting neurological symptoms like stumbling, flying into cliffs and stooped wings. A quarter century later, researchers have identified the specific pollutant that causes blue green algae to make a novel toxin that then leads to brain lesions in the birds. Their research was published last month in Science Magazine.

Courtesy / NWA Land Trust

We head to historic Springtown in southwest Benton County where Marson Nance, director of land protection and stewardship for the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, takes us on a site tour of three historic parcels of land, including Flint Creek Headwaters Preserve, that are now protected for future generations.

Courtesy / Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

This winter, a juvenile white American bison joined a herd of brown bison pastured for public view on Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. The 10,000 acre private conservation area located a half hour northeast of Eureka Springs, contains a wealth of natural history and wildlife and is open to the public every day. 

Courtesy / Ammen Jordan

Last week, the University of Arkansas carried out a prescribed burn on 10 acres of an oak savanna habitat that is being restored and enhanced in south Fayetteville. Situated along Razorback Road and part of the trail connection to the Razorback Greenway, the grove is one of the few remaing upland prairies and savannas of the western Ozark Mountains.

J. Froelich / KUAF

A 720-acre wilderness encompassing the scenic I-49 Bobby Hopper Tunnel was recently privately purchased for placement under a perpetual conservation easement with Northwest Arkansas Land Trust. We explore the new rugged preserve's many natural features, guided by Marson Nance, Director of Land Protection and Stewardship. 

 

Courtesy / Joe Neal

Today is World Turtle Day, so we're taking the time to appreciate Arkansas turtles with herpetologist Kory Roberts, author of the website Herps of Arkansas. World Turtle Day has been sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue since 2000. Its purpose is to increase knowledge and respect for turtles and tortoises and to encourage action to help them survive and thrive.

Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists has helped conserve Arkansas' natural habitat for more than a decade. From assisting state park maintenance to educating the community on environmental preservation, the group offers vital information and opportunities for anyone interested in the outdoors. 

Jacqueline Froelich

The Mulberry River, which flows through three rugged Ozark counties, was designated as a “National Wild and Scenic River” by Congress in 1992. But now the treasured recreational waterway is in trouble. Jacqueline Froelich takes us to a meeting of the newly formed Mulberry River Society to talk with several scientists on task.

MUSIC: "Mulberry Street" by Dylan Ryche