Volunteers needed for Earth Day cleanup and wildflower seed planting event

A recycling themed sculpture by Eureka Springs blacksmith artist John Stalling stands along Scull Creek Trail just south of the Marion Orton Recycling Center on North Street in Fayetteville.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Fayetteville officials are seeking volunteers for “Wild About Earth Day,” a cleanup and seed planting event scheduled for Saturday, April 23 on the city’s trail system.

Participants will help clean up litter and scatter wildflower seeds that support monarch butterfly habitat along certain portions of city trails that make up the 37-mile Razorback Greenway.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Marion Orton Recycling Center, located at 735 W. North Street.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for entering the trailside stream corridor. Trash bags and pinchers will be provided. Participants will each receive a bag of wildflower seed to take home.

From a news release:

In the spirit of Earth Day, participants are encouraged to walk or bike to this event; bicycle parking will be available at the Marion Orton Recycling Center. Vehicle parking is available across the street from the recycling center in the parking lot behind the laundromat.

In addition, Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan is encouraging residents to pick up trash throughout the day on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, as part of a regional initiative to reduce litter in public spaces.

For more information call Kristina Jones, volunteer coordinator with the city’s parks and recreation department, at 479-444-3467.