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Fall 2018 Happenings


If you'd let us, we'd keep you and your family busy with watershed-based activities every week this fall! Interested in biological monitoring? We've got a program for that. Problems with streambank erosion or stormwater management? We've got you covered. Interested in ways to save money by conserving your land or implementing agricultural best management practices? We are so there! 
Please join us for any of the activities below that are of interest to you. We love to work with our watershed residents and landowners! 
Upcoming Events
Residential Low Impact Development Field Tour

Date: Thursday, August 30, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Check-In at 8:45 am
Location:  Washington County Cooperative Extension Office, 2563 N. McConnell Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72704
RSVP required: http://www.irwp.org/events/residential-lid-field-tour-registration/
This event is for homeowners who are curious about protecting and improving water quality while beautifying outdoor spaces. Practices to be featured include permeable paving options, green walls, green roofs, and a special emphasis on rain gardens, how to DIY your own rain barrel, and proper fertilizer application. Presentations will be followed by lunch (free) and a field tour of three local residences featuring these practices. RSVP required. For questions, email stephanie@irwp.org or call 479-215-6623.

1st Annual Grazing School

Date: Thursday, September 6
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: 16734 Old Highway 68, Siloam Springs 72761

Registration fee $25
This event will feature rotational grazing methods and U of A Cooperative Extenstion's 300 Days of Grazing Program. After a field tour of a rotational grazing set-up, we'll have interactive discussions on grazing plans, fence building, forage inventories, and financial incentive programs to install such practices. Presenting individuals include John Jennings, Kenny Simon, and Johnny Gunsaulis of Cooperative Extension, Greg Watkins of NRCS, and Linda Coffey of National Center for Appropriate Technologies. For questions, email Nicole at director@irwp.org.

Illinois River Clean-Up: Chamber Springs to Siloam Kayak Park

Date: Saturday, September 8
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Siloam Springs Kayak Park, 19253 Fisher Ford Rd, Siloam Springs, AR  72761
RSVP: Email stephanie@irwp.org or call 479-215-6623

We are excited to partner with the newly opened Gypsy Camp and Canoe river outfitter, Arkansas Canoe Club, and the City of Siloam Springs Parks and Recreation to clean-up this much-recreated section of the Illinois River! If you love floating the River, please consider helping us steward and beautify her! Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own boats, shuttle service provided free. Limited amount of boats available (free), RSVP to reserve your spot today!
Wilson Springs Bio-Blitz
Date: Saturday, September 15
Time: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Location: Wilson Springs Preserve in Fayetteville
RSVP: Northwest Arkansas Land Trust by calling 479-966-4666 or emailing aedmondson@nwalandtrust.org.
What is a Bio-Blitz? A community effort to identify as many living species as possible in a given area whtin a specific period of time. Volunteers will help collect aquatic and terrestrial insect counts and survey for birds, reptiles, amphibians, fungi, and wildflowers. No experience necessary!
What is Wilson Springs? Located on the Clabber Creek tributary of the Clear Creek subwatershed, Wilson Springs is the largest remnant wetland prairie in Fayetteville and one of the last tall grass prairies in the Northwest Arkansas region. Northwest Arkansas Land Trust has been working to restore the prairie since 2015 and Bio-Blitz data is essential for evaluating ecological changes over time. 
This event is hosted by Northwest Arkansas Land Trust with contributions from Arkansas Agriculture Department, NWA Master Naturalists, Arkansas Native Plant Society, U of A Entomology Department, and IRWP. 

Streambank Restoration Field Tour

Date: Thursday, September 20
Time: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, registration begins at 9:15 am
Location: 16734 Old Highway 68, Siloam Springs 72761
RSVP required: http://www.irwp.org/events/streambank-restoration-field-day/


Is streambank erosion an issue on your property? Please join us to learn about the what, why, and how of streambank erosion, as well as potential solutions. This free event will begin with presentations by streambank and riparian restoration experts, as well as a presentation by Northwest Arkansas Land Trust on conservation options for your land. Following the presentations, we'll tour a major streambank restoration project that was completed in 2016. Lunch is provided free-of-charge, but must RSVP! For questions, email stephanie@irwp.org or call 479-215-6623.
Landowner Services
IRWP provides a variety of one-on-one services to Illinois River Watershed landowners who are interested in improving native habitat, water quality, and soil health. Whether you are a homeowner on a small plot of land, a business owner with thousands of square feet of building space, or a rancher with hundreds of acres, we can help! 
Streamside tree-planting: Help us meet our goal of 20 miles of riparian restoration! Free of charge, IRWP will provide native trees to landowners with riparian areas on their property. If you live in one of our priority subwatersheds (Moore's Creek, Muddy Fork, Clear Creek, Sager Creek, or the Illinois River around Savoy) we'll even plant them for free with one year of monitoring! 
Conservation planning: IRWP staff will create a basic conservation plan for your property, then connect you with resources and/or programs to assist with installation of best management practices. 
Creek Clean-Ups: If you see an area of the watershed with trash and litter, please let us know. We will recruit local organizations and volunteers to organize a creek clean-up. 
If you are interested in any of these services, please contact Stephanie at stephanie@irwp.org or 479-215-6623. 
Thank you to our sponsors and partners who help IRWP fulfill our mission of improving the integrity of the Illinois River through education, monitoring, conservation, and restoration!
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