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2016 LandWise Conservation “Win-Win” Workshops – Registration Open

Strategies for Achieving Win-Win Outcomes in our Growing Region

monarch on purple smartweed Wilson Springs Oct 1, 2013-Joe NealThe Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, together with our partners, are offering two “LandWise Win-Win Workshops” (one each in Benton and Washington Counties) designed for regional “decision-makers”; elected officials, planners, developers, engineers, realtors, municipal leaders, architects and landscape designers.

Space is limited – sign up today.  The Washington County Workshop will be held July 12 and the Benton County Workshop will be held July 19.

Workshops will feature examples of local plans and projects that highlight the mutual benefits conservation-minded development can have for the economy, the community and the environment.

Participants will hear from regional conservation and planning professionals about the unique services and partnerships that can help achieve these “win-win” outcomes for our growing region.  A peer panel discussion, specific to each county in which the particular workshop is held, will provide participants an opportunity to engage with their peers in a dynamic discussion about the challenges, benefits and solutions toward balancing growth and preservation in Northwest Arkansas.  Each workshop will conclude with an optional networking reception.

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust thanks our 2016 workshop planning partners, including the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, Watershed Conservation Resource Center and Arkansas Forestry Commission.

Click here to view the agenda.

2016 Workshop Highlights

Opening Sessions

Each workshop will feature opening presentations by the following organizations:

Ben Kaufman, Walton Family Foundation

Mike Malone, Northwest Arkansas Council

Partner Presentations

Each workshop will feature presentations by the following program partners:

Terri Lane, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust

Elizabeth Bowen, Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission

Sandi Formica, Watershed Conservation Resource Center

Patti Erwin, Arkansas Forestry Commission

Peer Panel Discussions Each workshop will feature a peer panel unique to the workshop location:

Washington County Workshop Panel:

Patsy Christy, City of Springdale 

Mayor Bill Groom, City of Greenland 

Jeremy Hudson, Specialized Real Estate Group

Jeremy Pate, City of Fayetteville 

Kevin Thornton, City of Elm Springs

Benton County Workshop Panel:

Brenda Anderson, NWA Downtown Revitalization Fund

Harrison French, Harrison French & Associates

Steve Glass, City of Rogers

Mayor Kevin Johnston, City of Gentry

Tom Oppenheim, CEI Engineering

TO REGISTER:     Space is limited.  Register online: click here, or print and return the registration form.  Registrations must be received at least 4 business days prior to the scheduled workshop, or call to check availability. Contact Terri Lane at, or 479-966-4666 for more information.

Special thanks to the Walton Family Foundation, lead supporter of “LandWise”, and to Beaver Water District, workshop sponsor.

Photo: Joe Neal

NWALT Engages Landowners for Conservation of Key Priority Areas

LandWise Initiative reaches over 300 landowners in areas of high conservation value throughout Benton and Washington Counties

Kessler Landowner GatheringWith the population growth rate in Northwest Arkansas at an all-time high, the land trust is working to ensure that quality of life remains high through the permanent protection of natural landscapes in the region. Through our strategic land conservation planning and our LandWise Initiative, we are engaging landowners in key conservation areas – places like the West Fork of the White River; Washington, Kessler, Miller, and Stevenson Mountains; the Illinois River Headwaters; and the Beaver Lake “Source Water” Priority Area. Each of these landscapes offers important conservation values, such as water quality, wildlife habitat, and cultural heritage.

The high conservation value of these areas have been further documented by the recent completion of the Northwest Arkansas Open Space Plan. Led by the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission and ALTA Planning, the Open Space Plan used extensive public input to identify and map the natural landscapes that are most important to the people of our region. Permanent, voluntary land protection is a critical tool for protecting and connecting those landscapes, and qualified land-holding organizations, such as the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, are key partners.

The land trust has been engaging with landowners in these areas by hosting dinner meetings for landowners within our current four priority areas. These meetings provide an excellent opportunity to meet and discuss with families that care deeply for their land.  Some families have lived on their property since before the Civil War and want to keep it in its natural state. Other landowners are concerned about erosion affecting their properties and want to implement stream side restoration. Still others want to ensure that their property can be used for agriculture or recreation for future generations.  Permanent land protection is important in all of these instances.

We are already seeing an impact from our LandWise outreach.  More and more landowners are  beginning the process of forever preserving their land. Great things are happening in Northwest Arkansas, and we are excited to be a part of it! Thanks to the Walton Family Foundation, lead supporter of our LandWise Initiative, and to our many regional partners.

If you would like more information about how you can conserve your land, please contact us.