Flint Creek Headwaters Preserve
Size: 17 Acres
Date Conserved: 2017
Thanks to a generous donation from conservation-minded landowner, Mr. John Wasson, 17 acres of pristine habitat along Flint Creek in Springtown, Arkansas have been protected forever. The property and surrounding parcels have belonged in Mr. Wasson’s family for generations. He recalls learning to swim in the cool deep pools and jumping from limestone outcroppings that border the stream.
Mr. Wasson donated the property to the land trust to ensure that it would remain undeveloped and made available to residents of and visitors to Springtown for many more generations to come.
In accordance to Mr. Wasson’s wishes, the land trust will be developing a plan to allow public access for “quiet pedestrian and educational” use, while ensuring the protection and proper stewardship of wildlife habitat on the property.
Due its conservation value, this property ranked highly in the Open Space Plan for Benton and Washington Counties. The property includes a wooded riparian buffer along spring-fed Flint Creek, which is a tributary of the Illinois River. Riparian corridors protect water quality by slowing runoff and preventing excessive streambank erosion. They also provide habitat to a wide variety of plants and animals, and serve as important migration corridors for wildlife to move between habitat areas.
A cave on the Preserve has been documented by The Nature Conservancy with small population of Ozark cave fish, a species that is listed as federally threatened. The land trust will be working with The Nature Conservancy and other local and state experts to further document, monitor and protect this and other species of unique plants and animals on the Preserve.