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ANAP Groups Hold Events at Natural Areas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, March 30, 2018

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP) held a volunteer event on March 3 at Cave Springs Cave Natural Area (NA). Volunteers removed invasive plant species from the natural area and the IRWP’s adjoining Watershed Sanctuary.

The IRWP adopted Cave Springs Cave NA through the ANHC’s Adopt a Natural Area Program (ANAP) which pairs adopting groups with local natural areas. The natural area, located in Benton County, hosts the largest known population of the rare Ozark cavefish (Troglichthys rosae).

Foushee Cave Natural Area’s (NA) adopting group, Ennis Cave Conservancy, held a cleanup day at the natural area on March 17. Volunteers removed trash from the area.

Located in Independence County, Foushee Cave NA, includes one of the most biologically significant caves in Arkansas. The northern long-eared bat (threatened, Myotis septentrionalis), the gray bat (endangered, Myotis grisescens), and the Indiana bat (endangered, Myotis sodalis) are known from the site, and the Foushee cavesnail (Amnicola cora) occurs only in this cave system.

For more information about the ANAP, visit our website and fill out an online interest form, or contact Brian Mitchell at [email protected] or Kat Abbott at [email protected] .


Photos: Upper left - IRWP volunteers working at Cave Springs Cave NA and the adjoining IRWP Watershed Sanctuary, photo by Flip Putthoff, [email protected]

Bottom left -- Ennis Cave Conservancy volunteers working at Foushee Cave NA. 

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