Nature

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A team of Hendrix College professors and students have determined the value of ecological services delivered by abandoned oil and natural gas extraction sites which have been environmentally restored. The team's findings are newly published in the journal Nature Sustainability.

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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.

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A second winter storm swept through Northwest Arkansas late last night, adding a fresh layer of snow across the region, in some places piling up to 8 inches. We check in with emergency managers in Carroll, Benton and Washington Counties for updates. The extreme winter weather has resulted in extreme demand on the 14-state Southwest Power Pool utility grid resulting in rolling blackouts since Monday. With subzero conditions easing, rotating outages are expected to end. Still residents are asked to continue to conserve energy. 

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A new book, Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines of Arkansas, has everything you need to know about the of hundreds of plants found in the Natural State. We spoke with two of the authors, Jennifer Ogle and Theo Witsell.

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The J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center opens to the public Dec. 11. The grand opening Dec. 10 will be livestreamed on Facebook. The new center features exhibits, indoor classrooms, an indoor archery and airgun range, pavilions, trails and 25 acres of restored prairie.

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has observed two new bird species nesting in a southern Arkansas wetland that had been restored.

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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.

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The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is requesting proposals by June 21 for artists to participate in the first-ever Immerse: Wilson Springs, a nature and arts festival to celebrate the Wilson Springs Preserve opening to the public in September.

Artists’ proposals may be for sculpture installations, musical and theatrical performances, pop-up installations or workshops and group activities. You can find more information  here.

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.