Mulberry River Society Earth Day Celebration Gaining MomentumIt is an honor to recognize the collaborative efforts and their vision for preservation of the Mulberry River. PRESS RELEASEUPDATED: APR 12, 2018 10:23 EDT
OZARK, Ark., April 12, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Positive momentum continues to build for the Mulberry River Society April 20, 2018 Earth Day Celebration on the Mulberry River at Byrd’s Adventure Center. The list of event sponsors now includes Tyson Foods providing food and support. Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. has provided its recycled plastic composite materials for construction of Mulberry River access signs and additional support for the event. Students from Fayetteville’s “School of Rock” will be joining Nashville Recording Artist Lance Carpenter and Dignitaries Governor Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Senator John Boozman and former U.S. Senator David Pryor and Representative Sarah Capp for the event. The Mulberry River Society (MRS), Smokey Bear, US Forest Service, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Canoe Club, and other local, state and federal officials will be joining together to “Make a Splash”, as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and Earth Day during an afternoon of planned festivities along the Mulberry River. The celebration will officially dedicate the newly restored High Bank and Indian Creek access points on the nationally designated Wild and Scenic Mulberry River, located in Franklin, Johnson, and Crawford Counties, Arkansas. Adding to the celebration, the USFS has nominated MRS for a National Enduring Volunteer Service Award to recognize their dedicated work on the High Bank and Indian Creek projects. The restoration of these access points is the result of a collaborativeeffort between MRS volunteers, the USFS, AGFC, and ACC. Former Arkansas Governor and US Senator David Pryor will be honored and presented with an MRS Lifetime Achievement Award and Tom Perry as MRS volunteer of the year. It is an honor to recognize the collaborative efforts and their vision for preservation of the Mulberry River. The event headquarters will be at the Byrd’s Adventure Center on Hwy 215 and guided tours of the High Bank and Indian Creek River Access Landings, Educational Booths and The Commemorative Floatilla will begin at noon. The School of Rock will perform on the Byrd’s River Stage at 3:00 p.m. At 4:00 p.m., the Awards Ceremony hosted by emcee Representative Sarah Capp and MRS President Hugh Earnest. BBQ dinner will then be provided and entertainment continues featuring Ozark’s own Nashville Recording Artist, Lance Carpenter. See the website for VIP Sponsorship (Tables & Rafts) Opportunities. Hold the date Friday April 20, 2018. Schedule: 12:00 PM Tours, Floatilla & Educational Booths 3:00 PM Ribbon Cutting at High Bank 3:00 PM School of Rock 3:30 PM Skydiving 4:00 PM MRS Award Ceremony @ Byrd’s 5:00 PM Dinner & Lance Carpenter DETAILS : Southwest Times Article about the Landings National Enduring Volunteer Service Award Mulberry River Outfitters & Campgrounds Byrd's Adventure Centerwww.byrdsadventurecenter.com Campsite Reservations 479-667-4066 Turner Bend Outfitterwww.turnerbend.com Campsite Reservations 479-667-3641 Directions: Byrd’s Adventure Center Location Address: 7037 Cass Oark Rd, Ozark, AR 72949 FROM ST. LOUIS, MO 44 west to 65 south (in Springfield) to 412 west to 23 south (by Huntsville) to a left for six miles on Hwy 215 (a.k.a. Co. Rd. 83). FROM KANSAS CITY, MO 71 south to 540 south (by Rogers) to 40 east to 23 north (at Ozark) to a right on Hwy 215 (a.k.a. Co. Rd. 83) for six miles. FROM LITTLE ROCK, AR 40 west to 23 north (at Ozark) to a right on Hwy 215 (a.k.a. Co. Rd. 83) for six miles. FROM SPRINGFIELD, MO 65 south to 412 west to 23 south (by Huntsville) to a left for six miles on Hwy 215 (a.k.a. Co. Rd. 83). FROM FAYETTEVILLE, AR Hwy 16 east to 23 south to a left for six miles on Hwy 215 (a.k.a. Co. Rd. 83). FROM OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 40 east to 23 north (at Ozark) to a right on Hwy 215 (a.k.a. Co. Rd. 83) for six miles. Source: Mulberry River Society
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.
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