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The Kings River

Kings River Preserve is Growing—in More Ways than One

Thanks to strong member support, during the past year The Nature Conservancy achieved some major milestones at the Kings River Preserve in Carroll County.

Early in 2013, our northwest Arkansas river restoration team completed a stream bank stabilization project at the badly eroding Mason Bend portion of the Kings River. They finished by planting more than 500 native willow and sycamore cuttings they had harvested on the preserve. Mason Bend is once again lush with green growth—despite being visited by a springtime tornado!

The team also tested some new strategies for curbing sediment runoff from unpaved roads—a big problem for many streams in Arkansas. Ozark Rivers Program Director Ethan Inlander and his team installed three geocells at ephemeral stream crossings on the Kings River Preserve.

“A geocell is a plastic structure that looks like a honeycomb,” Inlander explained. “We anchor it in the stream channel and fill it with coarse gravel. During rainstorms, it keeps the gravel in place, reducing erosion of the road into the river.”

The geocells are working great and are being studied by other landowners, county road departments and land management agencies.

The biggest thing to happen to the river all year, though, is the growth of the Kings River Preserve. With the addition of a 600-acre property, the Conservancy now owns land along 10 majestic miles of the river! We hope you will get out and enjoy the fishing and paddling opportunities the preserve provides.

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