Saturday, April 24, 2010
Green infrastructure still being destroyed: 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. Please click on image to ENLARGE view of land dredging at Fayetteville National Cemetery on April 23, 2010.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Earth Day Festival began Friday night 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
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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built, water flowed off Rochier Hill to the northwest and from the prairie and savannah to the north of WPWP that has been replaced by fill dirt and paving for apartments.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!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Dale Hall, a 30-year employee of and four-year director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service name CEO of Ducks Unlimited: Use links to read more on the official DU site
Ducks Unlimited is pleased to announce Dale Hall as our new CEO!
Former U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service director to lead conservation organization
Ducks Unlimited Inc., America's leading wetlands and waterfowl conservation group, announced today that H. Dale Hall has been named the organization's new chief executive officer. A former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2005-2009), Hall is widely respected as a visionary conservationist and one of the country's most effective wildlife professionals.
"We are extremely pleased that Dale Hall is stepping into this key role for Ducks Unlimited," said DU President John R. Pope. "Dale is a consummate conservation leader whose energy, vision and dedication will help our organization meet the serious challenges facing North America's waterfowl. In light of increasing threats to the quantity and quality of our continent's waterfowl habitat, he is uniquely qualified to lead DU at this critical juncture."
During Hall's 31-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), he served in numerous roles at field office, regional, and national levels. As director, he was responsible for approximately 7,500 USFWS employees working out of the national headquarters and nine regional offices. Before joining the USFWS in 1978, Hall spent four years in the U.S. Air Force, where overseas assignments took him to Italy and the Philippines, and a year managing a commercial aquaculture operation in Mississippi.
"Ducks Unlimited exemplifies what Americans can accomplish when they dedicate themselves to a worthy cause and work cooperatively toward a common goal," Hall said. "Throughout my USFWS career, I saw firsthand how DU's habitat work and public policy efforts make a lasting difference for waterfowl, and I am honored to take on a leadership role in this outstanding organization.
"For more than 70 years, Ducks Unlimited's dedicated members have worked with unbounded energy and resolve to conserve North America's waterfowl habitat and safeguard our waterfowling tradition," Hall continued. "My pledge is to respect and build on that heritage as DU meets new challenges and strives to secure the future for our continent's waterfowl, wetlands and grasslands."
Hall holds a master's degree in fisheries science and is the author of numerous published papers on wetlands, fisheries and ecology. He has also taught courses on wetlands identification and delineation. A native of Kentucky, Hall is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hunting and fishing.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.