The Beaver Watershed Alliance is set to hold an in-person Riparian Workshop and Volunteer Planting Event on Saturday, March 19th. The Riparian Workshop will be held at the Clifty Fire Department from 10:00 am until 11:45 am. Free lunch will be provided for workshop attendees. A hands-on planting event will be held after lunch at a nearby stream restoration site. The planting will begin at 12:00 noon and last until 2:30 pm. This event is free, and family friendly.
The morning session will feature speakers Sean Saunders with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Stream Team, and the Alliance’s Forest and Stream Resource Specialist, Daniel Hagood. Participants will learn about stream stabilization techniques and how to establish and increase the health of their vegetation along streams and rivers to prevent land loss and slow down erosion. After lunch (provided by the Alliance) Shonda Garrison with Moonlit Heights Native Plants, and Josh Duzan with Natural State Streams will present on the recent Clifty Creek stabilization project, on-site. Participants will then have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in planting native trees, shrubs and grasses in riparian areas along the creek. Tools and instructional training will be provided.
“This will be a great opportunity for landowners neighboring streams or rivers to learn how to protect their land and make a positive impact on the water quality of the area,” says Daniel Hagood, Alliance Stream and Forest Resource Specialist.
This workshop and project installation is part of a grant awarded by the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership, in partnership with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, to stabilize Clifty Creek and reduce sediment loads to Beaver Lake, improve shoreline habitat and fish habitat in Beaver Lake. Supporting partners include Arkansas Game and Fish Stream Team, Bass Pro Outdoor Fund, Beaver Water District, and the U of A Division of Agriculture – Washington County Cooperative Extension Service.
For any questions or to RSVP, please email Daniel Hagood at email@example.com, or text/call 479-750-8007.