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The Bats Are Back in Town and It’s National Bat Appreciation Day April 17!

The Bats Are Back in Town and It’s National Bat Appreciation Day April 17!

Our thanks to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Walton Family Foundation, corporate sponsors and over 140 individuals that established the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary in 2012. Hear from guest blogger Randy Zellers, Assistant Chief of Communications, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission: Join the Illinois River Watershed Partnership April 17 for a variety of outdoor...
April 2 - Volunteer Day of Service

April 2 – Volunteer Day of Service

What do volunteers mean to the IRWP?   EVERYTHING!  From 2010 to 2015, over 125,000 people have helped to improve the Illinois River Watershed participating in education, outreach, conservation and water quality monitoring projects.  Using the national economic calculator for volunteer service, that’s over $3.3 million of voluntary contributions to help preserve, protect and restore our...
Let's Build A Trail

Let’s Build A Trail

Help us build a 4 mile trail from the Razorback Greenway to the Watershed Sanctuary! On Sunday, April 17, a variety of outdoor activities are planned to dedicate the new North Shore Pavilion at the Watershed Sanctuary and to kick-off a campaign for the next phase to build a 4-mile trail to connect the 30-acre...
Water Proof: Celebrate an Illinois River Watershed Success Story!

Water Proof: Celebrate an Illinois River Watershed Success Story!

A 2.5 mile section of the Illinois River was recently recognized by EPA as a watershed success story highlighting many efforts from federal, state, and county agencies as well as watershed groups and local landowners working together  to implement Best Management Practices that ultimately improved water quality along a significant portion of the river.  ...
10 Year Anniversary of the IRWP & The Legacy We Leave Behind

10 Year Anniversary of the IRWP & The Legacy We Leave Behind

This week for me has been one of remembering three very special people.  First is Mr. Hugh Benson. Hugh was 90 years young and the last words he whispered, “I love you”, were to his daughter, Lisa, one of the finest of our watershed’s community leaders.  Lisa shared that just days before “Hughie” passed away,...
CONSERVATION 101 IN 2014

CONSERVATION 101 IN 2014

Today, on November 8, 2014, we celebrate 100 years since Bartlett Dam was built in 1914 and will dedicate a time capsule that will chronicle watershed conservation efforts taken by so many folks during 2014.  The purpose of the time capsule is to share with future generations the rich history of this special place and the present...
Meaning of September to the IRWP

Meaning of September to the IRWP

When we are in the midst of a big project and the light at the end of the tunnel is dim, it helps to look back and see how far we’ve come!  The question we are asked most often comes in two basic forms: “What’s going on at the lake?” and “When will the lake...
Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Growing up, when I heard the expression, “Make hay while the sun shines,” I thought it meant to make the most of an opportunity. I didn’t realize the literal interpretation comes from life experience. You MUST MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES, and summer is hay season in the Illinois River Watershed. You can see...
Food for Thought

Food for Thought

This week I enjoyed one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had. It was at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville where one might expect such rare culinary experiences. This special dinner was part of the Museum’s Food Series CR(EAT)E.     The meal was unusual from start to finish.   The Museum’s...
Nature in Progress

Nature in Progress

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership Learning Center and Sanctuary are located in the center of Cave Springs, and along the Highway 112 route that many of our readers use to commute to work and to the airport on a regular basis. One can’t help by wonder what all the activity is around the lake. What’s...
Throwback Thursday:  Riparian Project

Throwback Thursday: Riparian Project

This is 2nd annual Riparian Project along Fayetteville Scull Creek Trail in 2009.   Students from University of Arkansas came prepared for the rain and cooler weather and learned quickly how to use dibble bars.   Over the 7 years, over 1,800 volunteers have participated in planting over 22,000 tree seedlings in the Illinois River Watershed along creeks...
Sustainability = Seven Generations

Sustainability = Seven Generations

Can you name your great-great grandparents?   I can’t.   I can name six generations but not SEVEN GENERATIONS—my great grandfather Jacob Daley Gumm, my grandfather Jesse Daley Gumm, my father Wilford Gumm, my brother Robert Daley Gumm, his son Brian Daley Gumm and his son Ethan Daley Gumm!   Scott Eccleston, Director of Grounds and Facilities...