Hobbs State Park

Courtesy / National Park Service

Former Buffalo National River archeologist, Caven Clark, says looting of prehistoric and historic sites in the Ozarks is a big problem. He will be presenting a program on the subject at the Hobbs State Park Conservation Area Visitor Center Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m.

Courtesy / Ozark Chinquapin Foundation

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.

Z. Sitek / KUAF

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.

Community Spotlight - Ozark River Floating

Apr 5, 2017

Flip Putthoff has worked with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for 37 years.  He is currently the Outdoors Reporter for the paper.  Puthoff is set to present an informational program on river camping and multi-day floats at Hobbs State park Sunday at 2pm.  Through this program, you will learn the essential equipment needed to float our Ozark streams, how to sleep comfortably on a gravel bar, and much more.

There is another way to spend Friday away from home aside from shopping. Green Friday at Hobbs State Park is designed for families to be outside. The park will host nearly a dozen different events, almost all of them free, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday. Rebekah Penny, park interpreter, says the concept is pretty simple.