Monthly Archives: March 2015

March 28 – Bike Tour With Illinois River Watershed Partnership

Join our friends at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP) for their next Trails and Waterways Bike Tour!  Visit their website at www.irwp.org to learn more about their great work.

Trails & Waterways Bike Tour – March 28, 2015

This month’s ride will begin at the IRWP Watershed Learning Center (221 S. Main St. in Cave Springs, AR) at 1 PM and will follow the Razorback Regional Greenway to Rogers Mercy Trailhead and back.  It is an approximately 17 mile ride.
Pre-ride social gathering with snacks and refreshments will take place in the Watershed Learning Center from 12:30 to 1:00 PM.
For more information, email contact@irwp.org.

March 21 – Plant Trees at Devil’s Eyebrow with the Beaver Watershed Alliance

Plant Trees to Prevent Pollution in the Beaver Lake Watershed

Our friends at the Beaver Watershed Alliance are doing great work to protect water quality in Northwest Arkansas.  Read below for information on the Devil’s Eyebrow Workday, and visit their website at www.beaverwatershedalliance.org to learn more about their work.riparian plantings

Forested areas and riparian buffer zones along streams work to slow down water runoff and prevent sediment and nutrients from getting into the area’s rivers and Beaver Lake. These trees can help keep the watershed in good quality for future generations, and we really need your help to establish over a thousand seedlings this month to help achieve this goal!

  • Devil’s Eyebrow Reforestation Workday – Saturday, March 21st, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm Volunteers are needed to plant trees for the reforestation of closed roadbeds at Devil’s Eyebrow Natural Area. Tools, snacks, and water will be provided for volunteers. Volunteers will meet at the parking area 0.4 miles east of Garfield on Highway 62. For more information, contact Courtney Thomas at courtney@beaverwatershedalliance.org or 479-750-8007.

Photo courtesy of Beaver Watershed Alliance.

Accredited! – Northwest Arkansas Land Trust Earns National Recognition

LTAC_seal_greenThe Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is the first local land trust in Arkansas to be accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

Achieving accreditation is a major milestone for our organization.  We are the first local (non-national) land trust to be accredited in the state of Arkansas, and the first in the greater Ozarks region.

As an organization, we work with conservation-minded landowners and regional partners to permanently protect forests, farms and wildlife habitat in our four-county core service region that includes primarily Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties.

It’s clear to us in talking to landowners about donations to the trust that they want assurances that we’ll do great work and protect their land. Many of the tracts we help conserve have been in families for decades, and those families want 100 percent confidence that we’ll do right by them. This accreditation goes a long way toward assuring them of that.

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is now one of 301 land trusts in the U.S. that have been awarded accreditation since the Fall 2008. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.

“This round of accreditation decisions represents another significant milestone for the accreditation program,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. “The 301 accredited land trusts account for more than three quarters of the 20,645,165 acres currently owned in fee or protected by a conservation easement held by a land trust. Accreditation provides the public with an assurance that, at the time of accreditation, land trusts meet high standards for quality and that the results of their conservation work are permanent.”

Each accredited land trust submitted extensive documentation and underwent a rigorous review.

“Through accreditation land trusts conduct important planning and make their operations more efficient and strategic,” Van Ryn said. “Accredited organizations have engaged and trained citizen conservation leaders and improved systems for ensuring that their conservation work is permanent.”

According to the Land Trust Alliance, conserving land helps ensure clean air and drinking water; safe, healthy food; scenic landscapes and views; recreational places; and habitat for the diversity of life on earth. In addition to health and food benefits, conserving land increases property values near greenbelts, saves tax dollars by encouraging more efficient development, and reduces the need for expensive water filtration facilities. Across the country, local citizens and communities have come together to form more than 1,700 land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders in land trusts throughout the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 47 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about, including land transferred to public agencies and protected via other means. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, and safeguard the land through the generations.

Displaying the seal of accreditation means that we meet the highest professional standards in every aspect of our work, and we can pass that confidence along to our landowners, donors and regional conservation partners.  — Terri Lane, Executive Director


About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Commission is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. See a complete list of all recently accredited land trusts online at http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/land-trust-locator. More information on the accreditation program is available on the Commission’s website, www.landtrustaccreditation.org.

About The Land Trust Alliance

Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the place people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents 1,200 member land trusts supported by more than 5 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and operated several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at www.landtrustalliance.org