Friday, March 9, 2012

Volunteers needed Saturday to plant trees in riparian areas of Illinois River tributaries

Illinois River Partnership's Web site
Saturday, March 10
9amto 11am
What is a riparian buffer?
A riparian buffer is the area of land next to a creek, stream, or river - the streambanks and floodplain area. In nature, riparian buffers can include trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers.
Why are riparian buffers important?
Riparian buffers decrease streambank erosion, filter sediments and pollutants commonly found in runoff, provide stormwater storage, increase wildlife habitat, provide cooler water and air temperatures, and increase groundwater infiltration. Riparian buffers provide environmental and recreational benefits to creeks, streams, and rivers, and improve water quality and downstream land areas.
How can YOU participate?
You are invited to volunteer at one of several locations. Activities include planting seedlings as well as conducting creek clean-up at each location. Snacks & drinks will be provided. Email or call (479) 238-4671.
Fayetteville – Scull Creek, Gordon Long Park, Gregg Street Prairie Grove – Illinois River, Battlefield Park Trail
Rogers – Blossom Way Trail, Immanuel Baptist Church, S. 26 St Siloam Springs – Sager Creek, City Trail at JBU Soccer Field Springdale – Spring Creek, Grove Street Park
Tahlequah – Illinois River, Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission Partners: Cities of Fayetteville, Gentry, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Springdale
Arkansas Forestry Commission, Walton Family Foundation AEP-SWEPCO, Wal-Mart Stores, Sam’s Club, The Nature Conservancy
Farm Bureau, Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership, Arkansas Game and Fish Sager Creek Advisory Commission, Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission McKee Foods, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs
Cargill, George’s, Kawneer, Simmons Foods, Tysons
Students: Elmdale Elementary, Prairie Grove EAST, Rogers High School NWACC, John Brown University and University of Arkansas

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