Friends of Hobbs
State Park-Conservation Area

The Race for Open Space

29 Oct 2017 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Read this, then jump back.  According to the Northwest Arkansas Open Space Plan, “Between 2010 and 2030, Northwest Arkansas is projected to have the highest growth rate in the central United States.  The projected population growth rate of 58% roughly translates to an increase in population from 500,000 today to 800,000 in 2030.”  (And you get annoyed at the I-49 traffic today.)

As Northwest Arkansas grows we lose farmland, habitat for native plants and animals, and an unpolluted watershed for Beaver Lake, the water source for 1 in 8 Arkansans.  The overall quality of life in Northwest Arkansas is very slowly fading.  What can be done to cope with this declining advance?   

According to Elizabeth Bowen, Project Manager/Regional Planner at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, “We must preserve some of our country as we grow in order to maintain our clean water supply (Beaver Reservoir), save our natural beauty, and retain a diversity of recreational activities that keep us physically fit and emotionally satisfied.”

The NWA Open Space Plan is a voluntary program providing efficient and effective conservation initiatives and was adopted by the Commission of our two county judges and 32 mayors of NWA.  Join Elizabeth Bowen at Hobbs State Park for an open public presentation to find out what the Plan entails and how you can help preserve some of your community. 

Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
When:  Sunday November 5, 2017
Time:  2:00 pm
Cost:  Free


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