2018 Riparian Project

Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 9 am to 11 am


What is a riparian buffer?

A riparian buffer is the area of land next to a creek, stream, or river - the streambanks and floodplain area. In nature, riparian buffers can include trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers.

Why are riparian buffers important?

Riparian buffers decrease streambank erosion, filter sediments and pollutants commonly found in runoff, provide stormwater storage, increase wildlife habitat, provide cooler water and air temperatures, and increase groundwater infiltration.

Riparian buffers provide environmental and recreational benefits to creeks, streams, and rivers, and improve water quality and downstream land areas.

How can YOU participate?

You are invited to volunteer at a location near you!  This year, we have planting sites in Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, Prairie Grove, and Lincoln. Volunteer activities include planting seedlings as well as conducting creek clean-up at each location. Snacks & drinks will be provided. Contact Stephanie Burchfield at stephanie@irwp.org or call (479) 215-6623.  


  • Rogers: Osage Creek, north of Walnut. Volunteer parking will be at the Sherwin Williams paint store at 2919 W Walnut St, Rogers, AR 72756
  • Springdale: Spring Creek behind Ozark Montessori (this site will be planted during the week)
  • Fayetteville: Niokaska Creek in Gulley Park, 1850 E Township St, Fayetteville, AR 72703
  • Siloam Springs: Sager Creek at JBU
  • Prairie Grove: Muddy Fork/Moores Creek on a private farm at 16766 Bethel Blacktop Rd, Prairie Grove, AR 72753. Volunteer parking will be through the gate to the west of the house, by the chicken houses (signage will be up)
  • Lincoln: TBD


Maps will be up on our Facebook page, in the discussion section: https://www.facebook.com/events/2098582807043203/?active_tab=discussion


Cities of Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale, and Prairie Grove. Walton Family Foundation, ANRC, NRCS, Wingate Foundation, Tyson, USFWS, Cargill, Simmons Foods, George's, Benton Couny, Coca-Cola, Washington County, Springdale Water Utilities, Farm Bureau, AGFC, Arkansas Oklahoma Compact Commission, McKee Foods, AEP-SWEPCO, Beaver Water District, Arkansas Master NAturalists, ANHC, Prairie Grove EAST, The Nature Conservancy, WCRC, U of A Extension, Boy Scouts and John Brown University. Thank you!