Regional groups boost land conservation efforts, stressing value to all

Posted: July 24, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Isaac Ogle (right) and his wife, Jennifer, explore a bluff shelter along a spring-fed creek Sunday in the Devil’s Eyebrow Natural Area in northeast Benton County. Jennifer Ogle is a land management specialist with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, one of several groups that manage the area and are expanding it under the regional Open Space Plan.

The plan to save the region's most essential open and natural areas has helped bring hundreds of acres under public and nonprofit protection in the past two years, and it won't stop there, several experts and advocates said.

A solitary leaf pokes out of rock along a creek Sunday in the Devil’s Eyebrow Natural Area in northeast Benton County. The area is home to hundreds of...

Jennifer Ogle, a land management specialist with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, hikes along a spring-fed creek Sunday in the Devil’s Eyebro...

A cluster of rose-gentian flowers bloom Sunday along the trail in the Devil’s Eyebrow Natural Area in northeast Benton County. The Arkansas Natural He...

Meeting information

LandWise Conservation Win-Win Workshop

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust protects tracts of land throughout the state’s northwest corner and is holding the second of two workshops on how preservation of open spaces and natural areas can fit in with development, farming and other human activity in the area.

When: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 8

Where: Pratt Place Inn and Barn, 2231 W. Markham Road, Fayetteville

Price: $35

To register: Go to www.2017washingtoncountywinwin.eventbrite.com

Source: Staff report

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To find the Open Space Plan and see its maps of priority areas, go to nwadg.com or nwarpc.org.

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