The Mulberry River was designated as a "National Wild and Scenic River" by Congress in 1992.
2014 was the 23rd Annual Mulberry River Spring Cleanup. Brad and Vien Wimberly played an important role in the effort by sponsoring this event.
Each year about 200 people help collect tons of trash during the Cleanup.
The Mulberry River Spring Cleanup has been honored with the 2013 Envy Award from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), in 2014 the Lodestar Award from Keep Arkansas Beautiful, and is nominated for the 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Service Award by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.
The Mulberry River Society is born The first meeting of the Mulberry River Society occurred at Turner Bend store on Jan. 18th, 2014. The discussion was lead by Dave Robertson. The topics of conversation including the following items; 1) Starting small and becoming a recognized entity; 2) Watershed protection and water quality monitoring; 3) Continuation of the annual Mulberry River cleanup; 4) Discuss potential names for organization and goals; 5) Obtain formal status as a non-profit organization; 6) Decide on a registered agent for Arkansas and three people of record.
The first thing that was decided on was the name. Cheryl Perry suggested the name “Mulberry River Society”. After some discussion that name was unanimously adapted.
We also decided that membership in this organization should be free.
Although we have yet to determine specific goals, we did come up with a motto for the Mulberry River Society (MRS). It is “MRS CARES”. CARES is an acronym for Conservation, Appreciation, Recreation, Education and Stewardship.
Finally it was decided upon that in addition to taking care of the river, one of the goals of the organization is to have fun!
The Mulberry River Society is a now a non-profit organization. Rick Leding from Ozark helped us file for our non-profit tax status with the state of Arkansas. We are now a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to our organization are tax deductible. As a non-profit organization we can write grants for conservation and education projects on the watershed. Non-profit groups also have some political clout. When there is an opportunity to influence lawmakers to protect the river, we should take it.
Future Activities • The Mulberry River Society (MRS) will continue to help with cleanups in the watershed whenever these events occur.
•MRS will help with tree plantings and other projects that result in streambank stabilization.
•MRS will collect signatures to present to the Game & Fish Commission to restore the fish stocking program that was so successful in the 1990s.
•MRS will provide help to water quality monitoring projects, such as the Arkansas Stream Teams.