Saturday, November 22, 2008

Verbesina virginica attracts pollinators in summer, offers ice display in winter

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of Verbesina virginica on November 22, 2008.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Green infrastructure team meets on Yates/Broyles wetland prairie

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Joe Neal says saving ancient elms a part of saving green infrastructure.

Members of the green-infrastructure team discuss problems of non-water-tolerant trees that grow in low areas and eventually die from increased flooding that follows developments that don't properly control stormwater and the effects of global warming.

Bob Cross finds giant oak a treasure in low-lying area of Bates/Broyles wetland prairie.

Wetland prairie expert Bruce Shackleford points out buttonbush, a wetland plant that is found only in moist soil or in seasonally flooded riparian areas. Buttonbushes are certain markers of wetland.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Please help plan for connected green space in Fayetteville area

Dear Neighborhood Representatives,
I am on the Green Infrastructure committee and we are trying to create a map of all the forested (and open areas) within your neighborhood that you feel would be an asset to keep undeveloped. This is not binding and does not consider owenership. We are trying to create a web or network of green spaces that are connected throughout the city. Our task is to identify areas and places the neighbors feel should be kept in their natural state.
You can print a neighborhood map off at the city website and draw on it things like historic trails, good spots for future trails, forested areas, grassy open areas etc. You can e-mail them to me or send them to my home at
1982 Greenview Dr.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
This is your chance as a neighborhood to have areas that are dear to you added to a map of potential green network locations. Please remember it does not matter who owns the land - we are just identifying city resources.
Down the road their may be tax break incentives for those owning properties that they agree to leave in a natural state.
Thanks for your help and please send these to me as soon as possible.
Thanks again!

Jo Ann Kvamme

PS you can call me evenings at 571-2312 with questions.

Land-preservation tax incentives subject of meeting sponsored by League of Women Voters

League Discusses Using Tax Incentives for Land Preservation

If you’ve wondered about how to set aside land for preservation and do it with economic concerns in mind, then there’s a free program you’ll want to attend. The League of Women Voters of Washington County invites the community to hear presentations on the use of tax incentives for land preservation from 6-7 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Walker Room of the Fayetteville Public Library. The discussion is part of a statewide League study on this topic. Presenters will be LWVWC member Joyce Hale, Bob Kossieck representing property rights concerns, and University of Arkansas graduate student Dorothy Effa, who will discuss her survey on conservation easements. League members will participate in a consensus exercise following the public program. For more information call 527-2777.