Saturday, February 6, 2010

Five years after the name World Peace Wetland Prairie was accepted by Mayor Dan Coody and City Attorney Kit Williams, why is the park still shown as Duncan Avenue Natural Area on the city GIS map?

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of World Peace Wetland Prairie on City GIS map

OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology donated one-fifth of the purchase price ($25,000) of the 2.5-acre natural area to claim naming rights. Thousands of people worldwide know it by that name but the city map-makers apparently have not been informed. Also, Pinnacle Foods Inc. offered to donate about 2 acres of Pinnacle Prairie immediately west and southwest of World Peace Wetland Prairie several years ago and the city has so far failed to accept that addition to WPWP, even though it is prime tall-grass prairie with a well-documented display of native wet-prairie plants and other living things. The Pinnacle parcel is between the trail from 12th Street to the Hill Place apartment development on the north and bounded by the new city trail shown as unfinished right of way on this early 2009 aerial photo. This area is on the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association's green-infrastructure map and it is a "critical groundwater-recharge area" of the Beaver Lake watershed.

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