Arkansas Forestry Commission recognized for Green Infrastructure Planning
The Arkansas Forestry Commission’s Urban and Community Forestry Program was among one of the three community-based programs across the nation honored during the National Green Infrastructure Conference in February for efforts to employ cutting-edge strategies to address local environmental and economic challenges.
Green Infrastructure Planning: Linking Arkansas Communities is a partnership between the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, the Arkansas Forestry Commission’s Urban and Community Forestry Program and Beaver Water District to evaluate priorities for natural resource conservation in Northwest Arkansas communities in order to create a Green Infrastructure Network Map. This map provides valuable data for future decisions on local land use and green infrastructure strategies.
“Receiving the National Green Infrastructure Implementation Award recognizes the joint commitment the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, Arkansas Forestry Commission and Beaver Water District have for the conservation of our natural resources and the strong citizen support within our communities,” said Patti Erwin, Urban Forestry Coordinator for the Arkansas Forestry Commission. “The success of our Green Infrastructure Plan demonstrates the collaborative process that was implemented among key partners and local officials and the invaluable public input provided through volunteerism and professional recommendations.”