Arkansas Master Naturalists
Advanced Training and Volunteering at Terre Noire Print
Central Arkansas Master Naturalists
Written by Sherry Sanchez   



Saturday, August 23, 2014


It was a hot and muggy day at Terre Noire where CAMN and DLAMN members had advance training and volunteer work. Terre Noire Preserve and Natural Area is one of the highest-quality blackland prairies and woodland complexes in the state, located in the Coastal Plains just outside of Arkadelphia. These prairie grasslands have nearly 400 different species of plants and wildflowers.  Among the many tall grasses we saw: Grease Grass, Beggar’s Lice weed, Persimmon, Cross Vine, Stink Weed, Hairy hawkweed, Beauty Berry, just to name a few. Because this area used to be under water 150 million years ago we also saw shell fossils and remnants of the shell beds. This scenery is going to change again in a few weeks and it would be nice to see the different blooms.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:22
RVAMN Dardanelle Rock & Road Trash Pick Up Print
River Valley Arkansas Master Naturalists
Written by Phil Wanzer   

Dardanelle Rock & Road Trash Pick Up 7/12/14


I think we all knew it was going to be hot and we weren’t disappointed. There were 8 of us, a good number for a clean up. 4 were from the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and 4 Master Naturalists. The heritage commission was in charge, which was a nice change for me, not having to be the leader.

Just before we started cleaning the roadway I gave one of my little speeches, when one organizes a clean up you want there to be trash, but there lies the paradox, you want trash but you don’t want people to throw trash. I didn’t have anything to worry about as there was plenty of trash all around the area.

We completed the road clean up, before we started up the rock I just had to tell everyone what I had been thinking about. Just think, 100, 1000 maybe 5000 years ago, on top of the rock, people sat, just where you can sit. They looked far to the east down the Arkansas River, far to the west up the river and north into the Ozarks. Amazing it is. I also went over safety stuff, as it is a tough climb up to the top, I stressed that we need to watch each other. It was hot and steep, tough going.

At the top we marveled at the rock formations. I said that is lysin, ah, liesin banding.  Thanks to google we got it right, Liesegang banding it was. Look it up, cool stuff. The view from the top was breathtaking. Just as I said you could see for miles. There were several bowl type depressions in the rock, some even had water and Mosquito larva in them, I said just imagine they may have had fire and maybe a stew cooking. Hey, even 1000 years ago they had to eat.

We made our way back down, slowly and safely. At the bottom we took stock, no injuries, only wet and dirty clothes, very wet I will add. And I’ll tell you the road way looked nice, no trash. I think we all agreed, a great clean up and a great time. As a bonus the Heritage Commission gave us all, new water containers, compasses, magnets for the refrig and super fine writing pens.



Last Updated on Sunday, 10 August 2014 18:35

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