Monday, September 21, 2015

The 2015 Byrd’s Mulberry River Cleanup


The 2015 Byrd’s Mulberry River Cleanup

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It was an honor and a privilege to work with Keep Arkansas Beautiful to coordinate The Byrd’s Mulberry River Cleanup again this year.  The event was a success with nearly 250 volunteers collecting over 1000 pounds of trash and recyclables.  Two schools attended The Field Science Day on Friday September 11: Mountainburg and Springdale High Schools.  The students, teachers and chaperones spent all day Friday hiking, exploring and picking up trash.  Several students brought sack lunches and ate outside enjoying the fall-like temperatures. One of the highlights was the weather Saturday; ideal camping conditions only 75 degrees.  Volunteers drove from as far as Conway, Bentonville, Eureka Springs, even parts of Oklahoma to take part in the cleanup. Group involvement was key to the success of this years’ event, especially with the help of Cass Job CorpsArkansas Game and Fish Commission,U.S. Forest Service, Mulberry River Society, Native Expeditions, Rockcrawlers 4×4 Club, I.D.I.O.T. Camp and Arkansas Stream Team.
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There was an educational element to the event this year, inviting local outdoor specialists from The Botanical Gardens of the OzarksNative ExpeditionsOzark Highland Trail AssociationU.S. Forestry Service and The Mulberry River Society to provide workshops for the public: Water Quality, Leave No Trace, Conservation, Pollination and Water Safety.  . Registration began at 7:00am, Volunteers picked up trash until 2:00pm.  Volunteers picked up trash for 40 miles along The Mulberry River, local roads, Highways and trails.  They felt the satisfaction of preserving our natural landscape, and were rewarded for their efforts with a cookout, live music and door prizes.   ( The door prize drawing with several prizes providing from local businesses including a Tandem Skydive from Skydive Skyranch and a kayak from Ozark Mountain Trading Company.) The music lasted all day and night and was only possible due to the generosity of the band members, sound and lighting technicians who volunteered their time and talents.  The Band lineup included: Jamie LouRussell Corbin, Richard Burnett & The Outlaw Hippies, Woody & Sunshine, The Hard Cider Boys, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings,Tyrannosaurus Chicken, Brian Hargiss and The Captain Ledge Band.
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Originally, the goal was to pick up more trash than last year, because there were 150 more volunteers covering more miles this year.  The more I thought about our goal, I realized we should be hoping for less trash, not more.  Turner Bend reported less trash at their spring cleanup and attributed it to our fall cleanup.  If we collect less and less trash every year it would mean that we are effective in our task to preserve, and protect our natural state for future generations.  There was a trophy for the team that collected the most trash.  David Brickly of Cass Job Corps had this to say about their experience: “Saturday the 12th of September Cass Job Corps students and staff participated in the Keep Arkansas Beautiful campaign at the Byrd’s Adventure Center Mulberry River clean up. The students and staff picked up trash along the river adjacent to the Byrd’s Adventure Center, Big Eddy Swimming Hole and Campbell Cemetery Canoe Launch. Cass was awarded a trophy later that day by Courtney King Doudna for collecting the most trash. Cass Job Corps operated by the United States Forest Service would like to thank all those volunteers who assisted in beautifying our local recreation areas.”
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The reward for making a difference will hopefully stick with participants for a lifetime because of the memories and bonds that were made with such wonderful company in a beautiful environment along the Mulberry River.
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2014
2015
Total= 1,300lbs
Total= 1,290
Landfill garbage= 500lbs
Landfill garbage= 940lbs
Plastics= 250lbs
Plastics= 200lbs
Aluminum= 350lbs
Aluminum= 150lbs
Tires= 8
Tires= 8
30 Miles of River & Highways
40 Miles of River, Highway, Roads, & Trails
100 Volunteers
250 Volunteers
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Thank you Sponsors/Partners:
Arkansas Outside, Arsaga’s, A-z Sporting Goods, Belle Pointe Beverages, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Byrd’s Adventure Center, Cass Job Corps, CV’s ozark, Dairy Delight, Farmer’s Insurance Agent Michael King, Fayettechill, Forest Service Ozark, Greenhouse Grill, Harps Elkins, High Rise Extreme Sports, HomeGrown, J&L Grocery, Jammin java, Loves, M&K Liquor, Meadors, Mulberry Riverfront Restaurant, Native Expeditions, Ozark beer company, Ozark Highland Trail Association, Ozark mountain trading co.,Ozark natural bread, Ozark Natural Foods, Pack Rat, Painting w a Twist, Pig trail liquor, Red Rooster, Rivertown BBQ, Rockcrawlers 4×4 Club, Skyranch, Smalling Racing, Southwest Grill, Sonic Ozark,Steve Outlaw, Stream Team, Subway, Sysco Foods, Tom & Cheryl Hutchens-Perry, Turner Bend, Uncle Sam’s, Wal-mart, & Waste Management.
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Photos by Debbie Stillwell, Courtney King Douda, Native Expeditions and Todd Whestine.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Keep Arkansas Beautiful: Byrd's Mulberry River Cleanup 2015

Keep Arkansas Beautiful Byrd's Mulberry River Clean-up will be Saturday September 12. Registration begins at 7am. Lunch, Workshops, Door Prizes, Camping and Live Music is FREE for volunteers. For those who can't make it in the morning, there will be a Food Drive. Admission = 2 Cans of Food per person after 3pm. **Students/Teachers: Student Science Field Day will be Friday September 11 from 9am-2pm. RSVP Required 479-667-4066 or cking1125@gmail.com


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

An Invitation to The Great River Cleanup

http://www.arkansasoutside.com/an-invitation-to-the-great-river-cleanup/

Thank you for the support, Arkansas Outside!

An Invitation to The Great River Cleanup

a-001It’s time for “The Great River Cleanup” campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful. Pamela and Zen Byrd Boulden of Byrd’s Adventure Center, Jacob Gould of GreenSource Recycling and I are coordinating an all-day event – picking up litter along the Mulberry River and area trails along the Mulberry River.  The date is set forSaturday, September 12, 2015. Registration and drop off will be at Byrd’s Adventure Center.
Last years’ cleanup was a success with over 100 volunteers registered to pick up trash along the Mulberry River banks and local highways. b-001Volunteers drove from as far as Russellville and Fayetteville to take part in the cleanup. Group involvement was key to the success of last years’ event, especially with the help of The University of the OzarksCass Job CorpsArkansas Game and Fish Commission,U.S. Forest Service, Mulberry River Society, and Arkansas Stream Team.  We picked up over 1000 lbs of trash on over 25 miles of trails!
 Volunteers will learn the satisfaction of preserving our natural landscape, and will be rewarded for their  efforts with a cookout, live music and door prizes. Registration will begin at 7:00am.  Lunch will be catered at noon by Steve Outlaw.  The Band lineup includes: Jamie LouRussell Corbin, Richard Burnett & The Outlaw Hippies, Woody & Sunshine, The Hard Cider Boys, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings,Tyrannosaurus Chicken, + a few more surprises…
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 Thank you for your interest and on-going support!

Volunteers should register online to insure we have ample supplies: http://keeparkansasbeautiful.com/events/ozark-byrds-mulberry-river-clean-up/
View the Facebook Event Page for updates/announcements: https://www.facebook.com/events/1630842867160508/

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