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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Boozeman, Lincoln and Pryor all promised in 2009 to cooperate to get federal money appropriated to buy sale-barn property; instead, their failure to act has resulted in wet-prairie land north and west of the National Cemetery being dredged and filled for burial sites

Fayetteville National Cemetery photo set. Scroll to bottom of set for more of today's photos This didn't have to happen. Could it be related to the fact that none of the three is a U.S. military veteran? Or did they have more important people's votes in mind? The percentage of veterans who vote is pretty high. The right to vote has always been a reason for many to agree to fight to protect our Democratic form of government. DSCN8289 Please click on image to ENLARGE view of land dredging at Fayetteville National Cemetery on April 23, 2010.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day cleanup of Mullins Creek goes south past Martin Luther King Jr. into the Town Branch to the rocklined tunnel where Town Branch flows under Arkansas & Missouri Railroad to the southeast

Please click on individual images to ENLARGE for full view of a sample of the participants in the Earth Day 2010 cleanup of the Mullins Creek that went down past Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to the combined flows from the UA and high-school campuses and adjacent land that forms the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River.



Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mullins Creek cleanup down to Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2010, starts and ends at Gardens on Razorback, basically a gazebo on the site of the old Carlson Terrace student apartment complex. Free parking in UA lot 56 just to the south near MLK Jr Drive

Please click on link to see interactive Google map of upper reaches of the Town Branch around the intersection of MLK and S. Garland Avenue.
Mullins Creek is the name of the tributary of the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River that originates at Cleveland Street on the east side of Razorback Road and drains much of the western portion of the University of Arkansas campus. It merges with College Branch, which originates on Markham Hill west of Razorback Road. The two emerge from twin rectangular culverts on the south edge of Leroy Pond Drive just southwest of Bud Walton Arena. When the combined streams pass under Martin King Drive near the stop light at S. Garland and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, they are joined by water flowing from Razorback Road and MLK (formerly 6th St.) and water coming off the north side of Rochier Hill and Indian Trail plus water from south side of the Fayetteville High School campus to form the Town Branch before it flows through a tunnel under the railroad and then through the Town Branch Neighborhood. The worst litter is found downstream, with much of it coming from the strip mall and its fastfood restaurants on the south side of MLK. Cleanup information below.
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at S. Garland AvenueMullins Creek is the name of the tributary of the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River that originates at Cleveland Street on the east side of Razorback Road and drains much of the western portion of the University of Arkansas campus. It merges with College Branch, which originates on Markham Hill west of Razorback Road. The two emerge from twin rectangular culverts on the south edge of Leroy Pond Drive just southwest of Bud Walton Arena. When the combined streams pass under Martin King Drive near the stop light at S. Garland and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, they are joined by water flowing from Razorback Road and MLK (formerly 6th St.) and water coming off the north side of Rochier Hill and Indian Trail plus water from south side of the Fayetteville High School campus to form the Town Branch before it flows through a tunnel under the railroad and then through the Town Branch Neighborhood. The worst litter is found downstream, with much of it coming from the strip mall and its fastfood restaurants on the south side of MLK. Cleanup information below interactive aerial map.


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You will be able to park in Lot 56, which is immediately south of The Gardens on Razorback Road, after 1PM on Earth Day, without a parking permit, and without fear of being ticketed.  Thanks to UA Transit and Parking for helping us with this bit of logistics.

Nick

From: Nicholas Ray Brown
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:37 PM
To: Nick Brown
Subject: Mullins Creek clean up

To all –

                UA will hold its annual clean up of Mullins Creek on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22 from 2:00 until 4:00 PM.  We’ll meet at the main pavilion in The Gardens on Razorback Road at 2:00 PM.  We’ll provide latex and leather gloves, trash bags, and free foodafter the cleanup.  We’ll organize teams that will start at Leroy Pond Rd (across the street from Bud Walton Arena) and will go as far downstream toward 15th Street as we can.   If some of you come willing and able to wade, we’ll be able to do a complete job.  We’ll have a safety officer on hand to remind you of how to stay safe.

Tyson Foods and Chartwells have combined to provide hot dogs and chicken sandwiches for our volunteers.  Big thanks to these two companies for being good neighbors to UA and to Mullins Creek.

The stream cleanup is an opportunity to walk the walk of environmental stewardship.  Hope you can join us!

Respectfully,

Nick Brown

Nicholas R. Brown PhD
Director for campus sustainability
479.575.3591 ofc
479.879.0555 cell
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You will be able to park in Lot 56, which is immediately south of The Gardens on Razorback Road, after 1PM on Earth Day, without a parking permit, and without fear of being ticketed.  Thanks to UA Transit and Parking for helping us with this bit of logistics.
Nick
From: Nicholas Ray Brown Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:37 PM To: Nick Brown Subject: Mullins Creek clean up
To all –
                UA will hold its annual clean up of Mullins Creek on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22 from 2:00 until 4:00 PM.  We’ll meet at the main pavilion in The Gardens on Razorback Road at 2:00 PM.  We’ll provide latex and leather gloves, trash bags, and free foodafter the cleanup.  We’ll organize teams that will start at Leroy Pond Rd (across the street from Bud Walton Arena) and will go as far downstream toward 15th Street as we can.   If some of you come willing and able to wade, we’ll be able to do a complete job.  We’ll have a safety officer on hand to remind you of how to stay safe.
Tyson Foods and Chartwells have combined to provide hot dogs and chicken sandwiches for our volunteers.  Big thanks to these two companies for being good neighbors to UA and to Mullins Creek.
The stream cleanup is an opportunity to walk the walk of environmental stewardship.  Hope you can join us!
Respectfully,
Nick Brown
Nicholas R. Brown PhD
Director for campus sustainability
479.575.3591 ofc
479.879.0555 cell
UA_Logo_Horizontal.JPG

Monday, April 19, 2010

Channel 5 covers Earth Day at WPWP on April 18, 2010

 KFSM Channel 5 TV covers Earth Day at World Peace Wetland Prairie on April 18, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Earth Day Festival began tonight with Caring for Creation at Mount Sequoyah; Earth Day at World Peace Wetland Prairie from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 2010, offers eduction and fun for all ages


Please click on image to ENLARGE for closer view of sample photos from WPWP.
PLEASE double-click the image to ENLARGE view and ENLARGE further with your computer's tools to read small type. For more about World Peace Wetland Prairie please see www.flickr.com/photos/7295307@N02/collections/ www.flickr.com/photos/7295307@N02/collections/   
PLEASE double-click the image to ENLARGE view and ENLARGE further with your computer's tools to read small type.

MANY REASONS TO PROTECT LAND SUCH AS WORLD PEACE WETLAND AND PINNACLE PRAIRIE FOREVER:
World Peace Wetland Prairie is the riparian zone of a small stream that historically was fed by seep springs and rainwater from three directions when the first westward immigrants settled Fayetteville, Arkansas. World Peace Wetland Prairie has the deepest layer of dark, rich soil in its subwatershed because leaves and other vegetative matter accumulated as the flowing water slowed and soaked into the absorbent soil and enriched that soil. Pinnacle Foods Inc.'s mounded wet prairie to the west is the main source of clean water flowing to World Peace Wetland Prairie at this time. Before the railroad was built, water flowed off Rochier Hill to the northwest and from the prairie and savannah to the north of WPWP that has been replaced by fill dirt and paving for apartments. Water from the east and north slopes of the high land where Pinnacle Foods Inc. now sits flowed to WPWP along with all the water from the high ground near 15th Street, which moved north to WPWP before flowing east to the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River. Such remnants of prairie help keep the water where it falls and recharge the groundwater. Like the many similar remnants of such prairie in our diverse geographical area, WPWP and Pinnacle Prairie are the surface manifestation of a significant bedrock fault. Such sunken wetland is a characteristic feature that appears above geological faults worldwide. The Karst map of Washington County Arkansas shows the WPWP watershed in red, meaning that it is a critical groundwater recharge area. Preserving such depressional wetland in our city is the least expensive way to reduce downstream flooding and siltation of our water supply. Hundreds of native plants grow. Many birds and other wildlife prosper on healthy wetland vegetation. And prairie vegetation sequesters carbon dioxide and cleans the ground water.

KEEP the WATER where it FALLS!