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Cove Creek Natural Area Cleanup Print
Central Arkansas Master Naturalists
Written by Joe Tucker   

Saturday, July 26th, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission sponsored a trail day at their Cove Creek Natural Area located in Northern Faulkner County at the border with Conway County, NW of Greenbrier.   Present to rid the trail of invasive species, mainly Privet, were Burt Turner, Katherine Becker, Margaret Malek, Monica Maybry, and photographer Joe Tucker. (Group picture order left to right).

It was a gorgeous day with Blue Birds and Blue Bird skies.  The cool morning rapidly rose to 86 degrees by 10:00 AM with humidity to match, but starting out at 8:30 was not so bad.  The forest was still damp, and the mosquitoes were a bit fierce.   Wishing for a portable Thermacell® and 100% DEET to keep the ticks and chiggers at bay!  The crew worked tireless while Joe took pictures. Thanks to our expert botanist, the native Hawthorn was spared and only the Privet dug up. Don’t forget to leave the roots up in the air and not on the ground least it sprout right back! 

This is a really pretty area with flat top ridges and sandstone bluffs.  Bottom land hardwoods exists along the creeks with Sycamore and river birch, and the uplands of oak and open forest and some Pine thanks to controlled burns. Interspersed are wetland glades with small streams.   Wild flowers are in abundance.

Photographically, the Cove Creek overlook is nice, but you will need your ultra-wide angle lens to do it justice, and the best pictures will be in the late afternoon as the over-look is east facing.

Following the Heritage Commission’s driving directions take  you on a very scenic route up through Wooster.   A bit quicker and less curvy way is to go up Hwy 65 North out of Conway past Greenbrier.  Turn left at the crest of the hill onto Republican Road which will be the first left past the Pinnacle Propane Company on the left.  There is also a house at the NW corner displaying the red Hog Flag of  U of A.  Staying on Republican, a nicely paved and wider road, will take you into the Mallet Town Road.   The right turn off of Mallet Town Road onto the Town Circle road is at the CCC era stone church (Methodist). If you go past the church, you missed it.   Right turn onto JD road is a narrow gravel road at an old falling down abandoned frame house of yester year.  The parking circle is at the end of JD road.  Please go. Have fun. Commune with nature, and pull up the Privet!



Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:58
In Memory of Nao Ueda Print
Central Arkansas Master Naturalists
Written by Darcia Routh   

CAMN mourns the loss of our member, Nao Ueda, who died July 29, 2014 from self-inflicted wounds.  Many of you know her from CAMN or from many of her other local nature and environmental stewardship initiatives, including (but not limited to) public outreach, advocacy, and citizen science through Audubon AR, Ozark Society, Native Plant Society, AR Earth Day Foundation, GreenARbythe day (blog), UALR Bowen school of law, and AR Master Naturalists. Nao came to the U.S. when she was only 16 from her native Japan; she did not know English. She learned English by immersion in the New Orleans public school system. Nao attended Georgetown University for three years before transferring to UALR as an undergraduate student. She transferred to UALR, and  graduated with a degree in International Studies in 2010.  She was a third year law student at the Bowen School of Law at the time of her death. She was a member of the 4th CAMN NiT class in 2009. Nao had a passion for all things GREEN, and is well known throughout AR for her tireless work on sustainability, local food, and environmental issues. In law school, she earned the Top Paper in Animal Law, Legal Profession, Water Law, Commercial Paper, and Natural Resource Law."Nao was a highly respected, extraordinarily gifted student at the Bowen School of Law," said Bowen Dean Michael Schwartz. "Her peers regarded her as a brilliant person, but it was her dedication to the community and to social justice that set her apart. Her passing is a great loss to all of us, and she will be missed. Our thoughts and support go out to her family and friends at this very difficult time."Dr. Erin Finzer, assistant professor of International and Second Language Studies and mentor to Nao, said she was well known in the community for her work with Arkansas Sustainability Network, for her urban homestead in downtown Little Rock, and for her blog, Green AR by the Day.Nao leaves behind her husband of 6 years, a large contingent of friends, several beloved cats, laying hens, honey bees, and her informed, infectious passion for the earth. A service to celebrate the life and mourn the passing of Nao Ueda will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at the Dunbar Garden in Little Rock (1800 S. Chester St.). Come as you are: dress is casual, but you may dress more formally. There will be some seating in the garden, but bring a folding chair if you need to sit.  Please bring any pictures of Nao, and help spread the word to friends that you know were close to her. Native flowers are preferred.If you would like to make a gift in her honor, here is a list of some of her natural causesArkansas Audubon SocietyAudubon ArkansasArkansas Local Food NetworkArkansas Mycological SocietyXerces Society
Arkansas Native Plant Society
Ozark Society
Arkansas Sierra Club
Central AR Master Naturalists


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