Outdoor Watershed Education and Recreation

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Mountain and Stream Stewardship

The Beaver Watershed Alliance was awarded a grant of $5,000 from Columbia Sportswear and the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance to carry out the Mountain and Stream Stewardship Program in partnership with Pack Rat Outdoor Center for the 2014 year. This project is geared towards increasing volunteerism through outdoor recreation and fits under the Outdoor Watershed Education and Recreation Program. Activities planned include stream cleanups, stewardship hikes, and trail maintenance projects in or near the Beaver Lake Watershed, covering Washington, Madison, Benton, and Carroll counties. Over 1,000 volunteers will be engaged in this project to remove litter from over 100 miles of local waterways through stream cleanups and to remove litter from and maintain 20 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Check out our website calendar to find out more about how you can be involved.


Northwest Arkansas Youth Paddling Days

The Beaver Watershed Alliance was awarded a grant of $2,500 from Outdoor Nation to carry out the Northwest Arkansas Youth Paddling Days in partnership with Pack Rat Outdoor Center. The Paddle Nation Project grant aims to increase recreational paddling among youth and multi-generational groups. The Alliance carried out five canoeing day-trips on the White River below the Beaver Dam with groups from all over the Northwest Arkansas Community. Trip participants included youth from the Yvonne Richardson Community Center in Fayetteville, young adults in the Youth Bridge Transitional Housing Program, a group of fifth-grade girls from West Fork, and families associated with the Carroll County 4-H club. Participants paddled in canoes on a five or eight mile float, which included a stop for a picnic lunch and swim in the river. Along the way, the participants learned about the history and function of Beaver Dam, animals that reside in and near the river, as well as "Leave No Trace" principles for disposing of waste and minimizing disturbance to the environment. This program reached over 70 participants, more than half of which experienced paddling for the first time as a result of their participation.

Columbia Belay Grant Report

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