Organized by Watershed Conservation Resource Center (WCRC)
The Watershed Conservation Resource Center (WCRC), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, is raising funds to create The River Institute of Northwest Arkansas. Integrating science, design, and the humanities, The River Institute will focus on the ecological restoration of rivers, riparian, wetlands, prairies, and floodplains, and their importance in providing services including water quality, ecosystem health, and quality of life for people who live, work, and enjoy recreation in the region.
Only two miles from downtown Fayetteville, restoration of the 98-acre Dead Horse Mountain (DHM) degraded property that is mostly floodplain and 30% wetlands will be a challenge, but through The River Institute, the DHM property will provide the community the opportunity to directly experience its restoration, natural features, and history. The WCRC teamed with the University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC) and the Arkansas Archeological Survey to integrate riverine ecology with interactive art, design and history. The River Institute can serve as a national model for riverine education and advocacy, while supporting local ecological restoration. The WCRC developed a two-phase approach to help achieve these goals and is seeking funding to implement Phase I.
Phase 1 - WCRC Facilities and Community Training Center
Create WCRC facilities to support ecological restoration, assessment, ongoing monitoring & maintenance, and outreach in the Northwest Arkansas Region:
• A building and grounds that provide office space to support ecological restoration and a training center with indoor and outdoor classrooms:
The River Institute involves creating public access to the 98-acre DHM property on the West Fork White River (WFWR), and it is the perfect location for people to engage in the natural environment. The commons or open space will include: