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ANAP Volunteers Collect Trash at Byrd Lake Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, July 30, 2019

An Adopt a Natural Area Program (ANAP) partner, the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office (JCCEO) – Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education (SASE) Program, recently held a trash clean-up event at Byrd Lake Natural Area (NA). The group was joined by two employees from the nearby Wal-mart store. Participants removed a truck bed of trash from Byrd Lake, Bayou Bartholomew, and the natural area.

In conjunction with the event, John Pennington, Jefferson County Stormwater Agent with the Cooperative Extension Office and ANAP representative, is collecting data on what types of garbage are found most frequently at the Bayou and the natural area, measuring the rate at which new trash appears there. Future volunteer events are being planned for the fall at Byrd Lake NA. Check back with the ANHC for upcoming dates and times.

The ANHC’s ANAP program pairs adopting groups with local natural areas as land stewards, who help conduct volunteer events, provide stewardship work, monitor species, and assist with one-time projects and research. The program also gives the ANHC local “boots on the ground” that can be called on to quickly respond to any immediate concerns at natural areas.

Byrd Lake, for which the natural area is named, is an oxbow lake (a remnant of a previous course of a waterway) that still interacts with its parent stream, Bayou Bartholomew, in times of high water. Representative of the boundary between the West Gulf Coastal Plain and the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, the natural area is a unique blend of succession pine-mixed hardwoods, wetlands, floodplain, and the oxbow lake.

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