Monthly Archives: August 2018

NWALT Welcomes Susan Koehler to the Team!

Welcome Susan to the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust!

We’re excited to announce our newest team member Susan Koehler, as Farmland Preservation Coordinator! Susan will be working toward establishing a new and comprehensive 5-year farmland preservation program for Northwest Arkansas.

An avid equestrian, Susan has previously served on the board of Horses for Healing, the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust and is currently on the board of the NWA Hunter Jumper Association. Most recently, Susan has been consulting for nonprofits in a few capacities including managing the Benton County Fair. Susan and her husband Bob live on a small horse farm west of Centerton, AR. They enjoy entertaining there and offer work to ride opportunities for youth and young adults.

You can read more about Susan’s journey to the land trust on our Staff Page. We’re excited to welcome Susan to the NWALT team!

 

 

15 Years of Saving Land – 15 Places We Protect

2018 marks the 15th year that the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust has been working to Save Land in our growing region! To celebrate this milestone, we’ll be sharing stories of the places we protect, the history of the land trust, and the people who make it happen.

To kick things off, we’re highlighting 15 places protected by the land trust, and a quick look at what makes them special. Click the link to read more about each property.

15 Places Protected by the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust

1. Kessler Mountain Reserve – 386 acres in Washington Co

This public preserve, owned by the city of Fayetteville and forever protected by a conservation easement with the land trust, features more than 7 miles of natural surface trails for hiking, biking, birding and relaxing in the heart of Fayetteville. It also provides critical habitat for wildlife.

 2. Tavegia – 92 acres in Benton Co

This private property in the Monte Ne area of the Beaver Lake Watershed helps protects clean drinking water for our region.

3. Steele-Stevens Heritage Park – 1 acre in Washington Co

Open to the public and with park enhancement plans underway, this small, historic property protects the namesake spring of Elm Springs, as well as water quality in the Illinois River Watershed. The Elm Springs Heritage Association initiated the preservation of this important site.

4.  Historic Johnson Farm – 168 acres in Washington Co

This private farm property located at the base of Kessler Mountain was highly ranked in the NWA Open Space Plan due to its important heritage, wildlife habitat, and cultural and scenic values.

5. Lukens-Bachmann – 31 acres in Washington Co

This private property protects approximately 4,000 feet of the West Fork of the White River, an important tributary to Beaver Lake, our region’s drinking water supply.

6. Dead Horse – 26.5 acres in Washington Co

This private property protects a restored reach of the West Fork of the White River, a tributary of Beaver Lake, our region’s drinking water supply.

7. Osage Creek-Gibbs Property – 53 acres in Benton Co

This private property protects a riparian corridor along Osage Creek, an important tributary of the Illinois River near it’s confluence in Siloam Springs, AR.

8. Smith Family Farm – 200 acres in Benton Co

This private family farm includes a long stretch of the Illinois River adjacent to the U.S. Forest Service’s 15,000 acre Wedington Wildlife Management Area. Protection of this property provides connectivity of wildlife habitat, while preserving prime farmland soils and the scenic and cultural value of the area.

9.  Leflar Family Property –  50 acres in Washington Co

By protecting this privately owned, undeveloped, forested hillside in South Fayetteville, we can save a place for wildlife and plant diversity in our community while preserving this important and prominent viewshed as seen from Martin Luther King Boulevard. 

10. Wilson Springs Preserve – 121 acres in Washington Co

The land trust’s Wilson Springs Preserve is a unique wet prairie located at the headwaters of Clabber Creek in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This 121-acre preserve is the largest wetland remnant in Fayetteville and one of the last tall grass prairies in the region. With major habitat restoration phases almost complete, public access plans are underway.

11. Whooping Hollow Woods – 577 acres in Carroll Co

With spring-fed ponds, woodland streams, ridge lines and ravines, Whooping Hollow Woods provides year-round habitat and refuge to some of our most iconic Ozark wildlife, including black bear, elk, wild turkey and deer.

12. Frog Bayou Preserve – 151 acres in Crawford Co

A land trust preserve, this remote forested property along Frog Bayou provides ideal habitat for wildlife and has over a mile of protected high quality riparian area which contributes to the water quality of Lake Fort Smith.

13. Town Branch Preserve – .77 acres in Washington Co

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust worked with developers in Fayetteville to protect a stretch of urban creek in order to help preserve our clean drinking water. This “pocket preserve”, located along the paved trail system, also offers scenic creek views and habitat for wildlife in an a dense urban setting. 

14. Flint Creek Headwaters Preserve – 7 acres in Benton Co

This land trust preserve is open to the public and includes a natural surface trail loop through a wooded riparian buffer along spring-fed Flint Creek, a tributary of the Illinois River. Riparian corridors protect water quality, provide habitat to a wide variety of plants and animals, and serve as important migration corridors for wildlife to move between habitat areas.

15. Pine Hollow Preserve – 7 acres in Marion County

This forested property on the shores of Bull Shoals Lake protects water quality, wildlife habitat, and scenic values to the recreational users of the lake.

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Marson Nance Joins NWALT Team

Welcome Marson to the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust!

We’re excited to announce our newest team member Marson Nance, Director of Land Protection and Stewardship! Marson joins us from Orlando, Florida where he served as a lake manager for Orange County Government.

Marson’s role with the land trust will help ensure that NWALT’s portfolio of conserved properties continues to expand in accordance with our strategic land conservation goals and priorities, and that stewardship of those properties is conducted in accordance with best practices set for by the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Standards and Practices. You’ll also find Marson out on the land at NWALT preserves, leading hikes and field outings throughout the year with our volunteers and citizen scientists.

Marson brings two decades of business, science, and political experience to the NWALT team. He is a musician and photographer, and has logged thousands of miles across North America and Europe in search of birds and unique cultural experiences. Together with his wife Cheyenne, and two children Owen and Iris, Marson enjoys travel, birding, camping, live music, and artistic pursuits. You can read more about Marson’s background on our Staff Page.

The land trust is thrilled to welcome Marson and his family to Northwest Arkansas!

NWALT Welcomes Lauren Embree and Ammen Jordan to Our Team!

The land trust staff is growing! We’re excited to welcome two new staff members to our team:

Lauren Embree serves as our Communications and Membership Manager, bringing more than a decade of nonprofit experience to the position. Lauren grew up on the shores of Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas, fostering her love for the outdoors at an early age. Upon graduating from the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs, she moved to Fayetteville in 2003 to pursue a B.A. in Communication from the University of Arkansas. She has spent the last decade serving the nonprofit community in various roles, most recently as Executive Director of NWA Creative Arts Network. Lauren is very active in our creative community, having founded many endeavors including Lauren Embree Jewelry, the performing arts festival Last Night Fayetteville, the Creative Exchange Conference, and the performance venue Stage Eighteen located in downtown Fayetteville. She enjoys traveling with her husband David and daughter Lillian, and is most at home near the water, whether the lake, river or ocean.

Ammen Jordan serves as the Campaign Manager for the NWA Land Trust with leadership over several key initiatives including the plan to protect 5,000 acres in three years. Ammen was born and raised in Fayetteville, sharpened his teeth kayaking the headwaters of Ozarks, and graduated from the University of Arkansas with Bachelor of Science in Earth Science. After college,  Ammen traveled extensively as a teacher and coach for junior olympic kayak athletes. Ammen’s lifelong connection to the outdoors developed into a successful marketing consultancy for a number of brands, and resulted in a film project that won five national awards in 2005. Subsequently, Ammen turned his sights on the business world, looking for ways to promote the concept of, and boost businesses with, triple bottom line principles: profit, people, and planet. He spent a decade on this track before returning to NWA to raise his family.  Along the way he served as an investment manager, founded impact investing groups, managed investment funds, and advised institutional foundations and international non-governmental organizations. Most recently Ammen served as the Director of Development for the City of Ruston, Louisiana with leadership over several key quality of life initiatives including city-wide active transportation infrastructure, historic building preservation, urban farming, and recycling. Ammen moved back to Fayetteville to raise his family in 2017 and lives in his childhood home near Wilson Park.

For more information about NWALT staff, visit our Staff Page.