Monthly Archives: September 2015

Announcing New Staff at the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust

Welcome to Sim Barrow, our Outreach Coordinator!

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is pleased to announce that Sim Barrow has joined our team as Outreach Coordinator.  Sim will oversee one of the most important aspects of our work – reaching out to the people of our region to educate and inspire a love of the land and an understanding of the connection between land preservation and our high quality of life.  This will include planning field trips and events for all ages, overseeing our online and social media presence to keep the community informed, participating in events throughout the region, and providing increased opportunities for new supporters and volunteers to join in our work.

imagejpeg_0Sim grew up on a family farm in the Ozark Mountains near Dover, Arkansas.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Arkansas Tech University and a master’s degree in Entomology from the University of Arkansas. For his undergraduate research project, he studied the winter roosting ecology of eastern red bats.  His master’s thesis was on the biological control of red imported fire ants.

Sim’s interest in environmental education began in 2011 when he worked as a cave guide at Blanchard Springs Caverns near Mountain View, Arkansas.  In 2013 he served as Outreach Coordinator for the Isely-Baerg Entomology Club, where he organized several insect-themed events for schools and communities in Northwest Arkansas, including the 2014 Kessler Mountain Bioblitz where approximately 1,000 different species were identified.

In his downtime, Sim enjoys birdwatching, insect collecting, backpacking, and mountain biking.  With his education, experience and passion for the outdoors, and for teaching people about the plants and animals of our region, Sim is a wonderful addition to our team and we are happy to officially welcome him aboard!