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Seeds and Suds! Events Help Habitat Restoration

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, November 21, 2019

During the month of October, ANHC partnered with several local conservation groups and businesses to hold a series of Seeds and Suds! events in Northwest Arkansas in support of the Arkansas Native Seed Project. At each of these events, volunteers gathered at a designated site to help collect native seed of target species, and then headed over to a local brewery to socialize and have a cold drink courtesy of a local business.


A total of 19 volunteers participated and collected seed from seven species of native plants, including ashy sunflower (Helianthus mollis), hairy mountain-mint (Pycnanthemum pilosum), meadow-beauty (Rhexia virginica), prairie blazing-star (Liatris pycnostachya), slender mountain-mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium), sweet coneflower (Rudbeckia subtomentosa), and swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). These seeds will be cleaned, conditioned, and grown into plugs, then planted by Audubon Arkansas NATIVE Project farmers, who will grow the plugs to maturity and harvest their seeds. Those seeds will be used for large-scale habitat restoration projects in the Ozarks.

The Beaver Watershed Alliance, Illinois River Watershed Partnership, and Northwest Arkansas Land Trust helped spread the word about the Seeds and Suds! events. Comprehensive Botanical Services, Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, and Ozark Ecological Restoration Services, Inc. sponsored the “suds” or drinks.

Special thanks to all of the volunteers who came out to help with these events. Given the popularity of the Seeds and Suds! in Northwest Arkansaslast month, we plan to hold more events in different parts of the state in 2020.

Photos: Top -- Volunteers helped collect seeds at Wilson Springs Preserve in Fayetteville, a 121-acre natural area owned and managed by the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust. Afterward, they enjoyed a drink at Fossil Cove Brewing Co., courtesy of the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association.

Middle -- Volunteers, including Commissioner Ellen Turner, helped collect swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) seeds from a wetland in Rogers. 

Bottom -- After helping collect swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) seeds at Greenland Nature Park, volunteers met for a drink at Crisis Brewing, courtesy of Comprehensive Botanical Services.

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