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U of A Community Design Center to host free community-wide LID Workshop

U of A Community Design Center to host free community-wide LID Workshop

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (U of A) - The McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action is partnering with the City of Russellville’s Clean and Green Initiative to host a community-wide workshop and discussion with Jeffrey Huber of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, an organization based in Fayetteville working to address environmental concerns with creative urban design.

Tuesday December 3rd beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the first floor conference room of Russellville City Hall, Huber and his colleagues will discuss common environmental concerns such as storm water runoff and flash flooding and how the practice of implementing Low Impact Design (LID) can greatly reduce and reverse these problems in spaces both small and large.

“LID technologies are high concept/low tech solutions that deliver ecologically-based storm water management infrastructure to create great cities,” explains Huber of the Design Center.

Richland Creek Campground reopening

Richland Creek Campground reopening

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (USDA) — Ozark – St. Francis National Forests managers announced today that the Richland Creek Campground will be reopening Nov. 8. 

The campground, located near Witts Springs, Ark., was closed for improvements, which included installing new site pads, improving access, and replacing old tables and fire rings. 

“We welcome the public to enjoy the beautiful fall colors and feel the cool air around a campfire at Richland Creek,” said Tim Jones, Big Piney Ranger District.

The improvements were made with a grant from the National Forest Foundation. The work was completed by Forest Service personnel and volunteers from Searcy County, Arkansas Wildlife Federation, Arkansas Tech University, and the U.S. Air Force from Little Rock Air Force base in Jacksonville, Ark.

For information on other recreation areas in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, log on to fs.usda.gov/osfnf.

Russellville, AGFC partnering for seasonal trout fishing

Russellville, AGFC partnering for seasonal trout fishing

RUSSELLVILLE (AGFC)---  The CADDIS Fly Fishing Club, the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) are again partnering to bring seasonal trout fishing to Russellville.  The AGFC will stock Pleasant View Park pond with 1,200 Rainbow Trout, and TROUT DAY 2013 will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  This will be an opportunity for folks of all ages to “Catch a Limit of Trout in Russellville”.

Nature Discovery Youth Camp at Lake Dardanelle State Park

Nature Discovery Youth Camp at Lake Dardanelle State Park

Do you enjoy kayaking, fishing, hiking, and other fun outdoor activities? Come out to Lake Dardanelle State Park to experience some outdoor adventures!

Lake Dardanelle State Park will be holding a three day youth camp from Tuesday, August 6th –Thursday, August 8th for ages 12-15.  Just because your child is too old for Day Camps, doesn't mean the fun has to stop. The camp includes activities, crafts, programs, and much more.  The campers will meet at the visitor center at 9am each day and will be ready to be picked up there at 4pm.  Lunch, snacks, and all materials will be included in the $65 registration fee. 

Lake Dardanelle Programming for August, Cultural Celebration, and Labor day Weekend

Lake Dardanelle Programming for August, Cultural Celebration, and Labor day Weekend

Tuesdays and Saturdays at 1:30 pm – What’s for Lunch? –We have 8,000 gallons of aquariums, filled with many of the fish species found in Lake Dardanelle. Join park staff, as they feed the fish live food. See for yourself, what’s for lunch?

Saturdays at 1:45p.m. – Critter Crunch – Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats provide homes for many creatures large and small. Join a park interpreter in the kid’s corner of the visitor center as she tells you about some of the smaller creatures. She will also be feeding these creatures; so come discover the small native wonders we have around us.

Friday, August 2nd

Arkansas Tech Students, Faculty Build Stormwater Treatment Wetland

Arkansas Tech Students, Faculty Build Stormwater Treatment Wetland

Few causes are more important to the average college student than the freedom of a summer day.

But Arkansas Tech University student Kevin Schanke was more than happy to invest a day of his summer in a project that he hopes will benefit the world around him.

Schanke is part of a group of students and faculty from Arkansas Tech that is giving Mother Nature a helping hand by planting and monitoring a stormwater treatment wetland in Logan County.

Funded by a $26,132 grant from Tyson Foods Inc. River Valley Animal Foods, the Arkansas Tech faculty and students planted a variety of emergent and submerged native plants in a man-made wetland adjacent to the River Valley Animal Foods plant in Scranton on June 27.

Arkansas River Cleanup Day at Lake Dardanelle

Arkansas River Cleanup Day at Lake Dardanelle

Lake Dardanelle State Park invites you to participate in the Arkansas River Cleanup in conjunction with American Rivers’ National River Cleanup. National River Cleanup started in 1991 by American Outdoors, a national association of outfitters and guides, and American Rivers, a North American conservation organization, as a way to assist local communities to keep their rivers, watersheds and shorelines clean.