Western Arkansas is a land of variety. Running down its center is the Arkansas River, surrounded by bottomlands and rolling hills. To the north are steep valleys cut into the Ozark plateaus. To the south are the jagged rocks of the ancient Ouachita Mountains. Each section has its characteristic prairies, forests, marshes, rivers, and mountains with their own plants, animals and ecosystems. Overlaying all of that is its long history - the mound cultures over a millennium ago, land-clearing for lumber and large farms in the last few centuries, the Trail of Tears, Judge Parker enforcing law on fugitives hiding in Indian Territory. The story continues right up to the challenges of urbanization today.
Western Arkansas Master Naturalists band together to study this land, contribute to its conservation, and share our knowledge with our community. Many hands make light work, it is said, and work is light indeed with such an excellent group of companions. Join the band and become part of a group working to make a difference.