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Watershed Journey: Scull Creek

Watershed Journey: Scull Creek

The Illinois River Watershed covers approximately 1.1-million acres and includes about 1,300 miles of waterways to explore. Whatever your thrill—hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, or just meandering—the place you’re looking for can be found right here! In this edition of Watershed Journey, we’ll follow Scull Creek from its origin in Fayetteville to its confluence with Mud...
Throwback Thursday: Ice Skating on the Lake

Throwback Thursday: Ice Skating on the Lake

This newspaper clipping, provided by Cave Springs resident Marlene Sands, shows a rare occasion in 1936 when Lake Keith (now known as Partners Lake at the Watershed Sanctuary) froze over.  Kids in town had a grand winter going ice skating on the lake with their friends. Season’s greetings to all of our readers on Upstream Matters!  The IRWP...
Encapsulating A Watershed Legacy

Encapsulating A Watershed Legacy

As quickly as science, technology, and American society as a whole have transformed in my 23-year lifetime, I find it very difficult- almost incomprehensible- to imagine what life will be like 25 years from now.  By year 2039, will we be driving flying cars along invisible skyways?  Will the population of Northwest Arkansas surpass 1-million?  Will land and...
Watershed Journey: Wedington Woods

Watershed Journey: Wedington Woods

The Illinois River Watershed is composed of 1.1-million acres in NW Arkansas and NE Oklahoma.  Getting out and experiencing all that our watershed has to offer is one way of recognizing the importance of collaboratively and proactively protecting the land and waterways within it.  In this edition of Watershed Journey, we’ll take a walk through Wedington Woods,...
Throwback Thursday: A Centennial Celebration

Throwback Thursday: A Centennial Celebration

WATER…this invaluable natural resource has played a significant role in the history of human settlement and civilization.  Naturally, the springs and creeks of the Illinois River Watershed in northwestern Arkansas and northeastern Oklahoma have been the lifeblood of our communities for generations.  With your help, we continue to celebrate the importance of water in our surroundings and...
Putting the "Awe" in Autumn

Putting the “Awe” in Autumn

You may be wondering why you haven’t heard from us in a while here on UpstreamMatters.  We hope this update on the IRWP’s latest ventures will reassure you that we are always hard at work in preserving, protecting, and restoring the land and water of the Illinois River Watershed in Northwestern Arkansas and Northeastern Oklahoma!...
Gray Bats and Bluegrass

Gray Bats and Bluegrass

When I first heard of the town of Cave Springs as a child, I immediately wondered whether there was a cave there, and, if so, what types of creatures inhabited its cool, dark depths. People are naturally drawn to the primeval and the wild unknown, and Cave Springs Cave at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary is no...
10 Adventure Destinations in the Illinois River Watershed

10 Adventure Destinations in the Illinois River Watershed

Looking for an adventure getaway close to home this Labor Day Weekend? In this post, we’ll highlight ten adventure destinations in the Illinois River Watershed that every outdoor enthusiast should know about. Our watershed covers approximately 1.1-million acres and includes about 1,300 miles of waterways to explore. Whatever your thrill—hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, or just meandering—the...
Throwback Thursday: First Man-Made Lake in the Illinois River Watershed?

Throwback Thursday: First Man-Made Lake in the Illinois River Watershed?

This issue of the Cave Springs Scene was published on Thursday, August 3, 1972, and the front page features a photo of the lake and dam in Cave Springs that dates back to 1914, right after the completion of Bartlett Dam (which can currently be seen in the lakebed at the Watershed Sanctuary).  Could this dam have...
Throwback Thursday: 1907 vs. 1971

Throwback Thursday: 1907 vs. 1971

Did you know that Cave Springs used to have its own newspaper, the Cave Springs Scene? Cheria Simpson of Cave Springs has so graciously loaned her collection of The Scene to us, and we are uncovering all sorts of intriguing photos and history of the Watershed Sanctuary as it used to be. In this issue,...
6 Summer Selfies at the Sanctuary

6 Summer Selfies at the Sanctuary

As summer winds down and school season approaches once more, we look back at some recent camp highlights at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary.  What better way to do that than through a camper’s eyes?  Or, better yet, a camper’s selfies? Watershed campers Asher, Brock, Jerusalem, Mason, Evelyn, Anasia, and Ellie pause for a selfie during a...
Throwback Thursday: Gray Bats at Sunset

Throwback Thursday: Gray Bats at Sunset

This photo was taken in August 2013 during “Bats and Blues” at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary.  This free, public event featured live blues music, refreshments, and a spectacular evening viewing of endangered gray bats flying out of Cave Springs Cave. There is a population of approximately 4,700 endangered gray bats living in Cave Springs Cave...