Environmental notebook

Posted: February 25, 2018 at 2:29 a.m.

Artists sought forstorm drain work

Artists who would like to paint murals on Little Rock storm drains to illustrate the path of stormwater can apply to do so by March 16.

Drain Smart Central Arkansas will notify artists by March 31 whether they have been selected.

Drain Smart is a public art and environmental education program in which murals atop gutters encourage people to be mindful about where litter eventually goes.

In Little Rock, stormwater washes litter into storm drains, where it mostly ends up in Fourche Creek. Volunteers with Friends of Fourche Creek and other organizations collect tons of trash each year in various cleanups of the creek, which they say has recreational potential.

Entrants can provide a sketch of their proposal and send it along with other application materials to drainsmartlr@gmail.com or to Audubon Arkansas' headquarters on Springer Boulevard. Materials can be found at drain-smart.org.

Woodlands advice offered to women

Women with timber on their properties can learn how to better manage it at a conference next month, according to a news release from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.

The Women Owning Woodlands conference will be March 8 and 9 at Lake DeGray State Park and costs $35 to attend. Interested women have until Feb. 28 to register and obtain free lodging.

The conference will go over certification, what makes a healthy forest and threats to forests and government programs. Women also will go on a walk in the woods with a state park interpreter and take a tour of the Ross Foundation site, where they will learn about oak restoration and resiliency, according to the news release.

Climate expert set for LR conference

Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light will host an environmental conference featuring a keynote speaker who has written a book about combating climate change, according to a news release from the group.

The daylong conference, called Earth Care Gathering, is March 24 at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock.

Katharine Wilkinson, senior writer at Project Drawdown, will deliver the keynote speech. Wilkinson has a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Sewanee: The University of the South and a Ph.D in geography and environment from Oxford University.

The conference also will host 13 breakout sessions on nonutility scale solar panels, protecting and managing waters, coal plants, energy efficiency and other topics.

Registration is $15 and includes lunch. People can register at arkansasipl.com.

Metro on 02/25/2018