Volunteers needed Thursday, Sept. 17 for invasive plant removal event

The Beaver Watershed Alliance is seeking volunteers to help remove non-native, invasive plants along an unnamed tributary of Cato Springs Branch in southwest Fayetteville this week.

The stream is located at the base of Kessler Mountain near the city’s new regional park that’s being built off Cato Springs Road.

Volunteers should meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Kessler Mountain Trailhead, located at 2600 Judge Cummings Road. After checking in, volunteers will receive gloves, water, and assignments on where to begin working. Participants should wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Tools are not required, but volunteers are asked to bring loppers and pruning shears if possible.

The stream is at the site of an upcoming restoration project funded in part through an Environmental Protection Agency and Arkansas Natural Resources Commission grant. The project aims to help improve water quality and wildlife habitat in the Town Branch subwatershed of the West Fork White River. Efforts to remove invasive plants along this stream will help prepare the site for restoration efforts.

To volunteer, call or email Courtney Thomas at 479-750-8007 or [email protected], or just show up at the event.