Monthly archive November, 2013
Throwback Thursday: Families and Fishing

Throwback Thursday: Families and Fishing

The lake at Cave Springs once sported a fish hatchery, and many a child caught their first fish here.  This photo was taken circa 1982 of Lyndall and Hunter Haynes.  The siblings were regular visitors to the lake then, and big supporters of the watershed today.   Lyndall is now a teacher and has made...
Grateful for the Beauty of Generous Hearts and Hands

Grateful for the Beauty of Generous Hearts and Hands

“We hope our gift will fill the final gap and make the Watershed Sanctuary a reality,” said Jay and Joyce Hale when they generously gave a gift to establish a conservation area and education center located in Cave Springs in the headwaters of the Illinois River Watershed.   In fact, that gift, while not the last...
Nature's Classroom:  3 Cheers for Trees!

Nature’s Classroom: 3 Cheers for Trees!

Unfortunately, it’s easy to take trees for granted in the Illinois River Watershed.  Because we have such an abundance of mature trees in our area, we seldom consider what life would be like without them.  Trees provide food and habitat for local wildlife.  They give us fresh air, shade, and clean water, but most simply,...
Watershed Landscape:  Nature's Leftovers

Watershed Landscape: Nature’s Leftovers

Winterizing the Native Garden, A Closer Look at the Season’s Leftovers The native plant landscape is very dynamic in that you can put as much or as little into the cultivation, each approach having its own results. Native plants are excellent choices for any landscape as they help to filter and clean storm water year-round...
Throwback Thursday: Summer on the Lake

Throwback Thursday: Summer on the Lake

“Lake Keith,” as the lake had been known since E.L. Keith purchased the property in 1947, was once a resort with a skating rink, restaurant, cabins, swimming pool, and trout hatchery.  This photo, taken in the mid-1950’s, shows just how popular this place used to be.  Families picnicked on the green lawn.  Fishermen and paddlers...
WATERSHED Is Our Word For Today

WATERSHED Is Our Word For Today

Hi Kids, If you are a Clean Water Rainger you already know what a watershed is, but keep on reading because we can always learn new things about our watershed. A watershed is an area of land that drains into a waterway.  And what is a waterway?  It could be a roadside ditch, creek, stream,...
Explore Our Watershed With A New Nature Trail

Explore Our Watershed With A New Nature Trail

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership wants you to “Take a HIKE” with us at our 30 acre Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs, Arkansas for the National Take A Hike day on Sunday, November 17th from 1:00-4:00 pm. Find this historical staircase on the nature trail The IRWP is staying true to its mission statement by...
Throwback Thursday: Bartlett Cave

Throwback Thursday: Bartlett Cave

  Pearl Gipple Banks wrote this story about her childhood memories of Bartlett Cave, which is today known as “Cave Springs Cave”.  It was published in the Benton County Pioneer in March of 1959.  In her anecdote, Banks mentions Will Bartlett, whose full name, Wilton Mortimer Bartlett, can be seen today on the exposed concrete...
Paddler's Post: Floating Down and Bagging Up

Paddler’s Post: Floating Down and Bagging Up

In this edition of Paddler’s Post, we follow seven adventuresome volunteers as they float down the Illinois River from Fisher Ford Bridge to the Oklahoma state line during the Illinois River Watershed Partnership’s fall float and cleanup event.   Saturday, November 2, 2013 It was the peak of leaf-gawking season.  Reds and yellows and vibrant...
The Great Watershed Quest

The Great Watershed Quest

The Illinois River Watershed encompasses 1.1-million acres in Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma and boasts over 3,000 miles of streams just waiting to be explored.  Some prefer to make their expedition by canoe.  Others hike, bike, or run.  There are numerous ways to get out and enjoy the natural splendor of our watershed, but Geocaching...
Throwback Thursday: Black's Mill

Throwback Thursday: Black’s Mill

This postcard shows Loch Lono from the east, looking west.  Black’s Mill, which can be seen in the background, is located in just about the same place as our office today!  This postcard predates 1914 because the original earthen dam still appears in tact.  W.M. Bartlett built the first concrete dam in 1914 when the...
5 for 5: Five Green Infrastructure Features at Five Razorback Greenway Trailheads

5 for 5: Five Green Infrastructure Features at Five Razorback Greenway Trailheads

The Illinois River Watershed is home to a beautiful 36-mile regional trail, The Razorback Greenway.  The Greenway follows the headwater streams and tributaries of the Illinois River including Osage Creek, Spring Creek, and Clear Creek. We are excited to begin a Green Infrastructure (GI) Initiative through an Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and EPA grant to...