"in the South, more than 80 percent of forest lands are privately owned. In 2012, the Southern Forest Futures Project estimated that 23 million acres of southern forest would be replaced by urban land uses by 2057."
"Water that runs off forests needs less cleaning than urban runoff to make it safe to drink. Water from towns and farms has more sediment and chemicals and therefore costs more money to treat to drinking water standards."
Have you seen the Arkansas Story Map?
Thanks to U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Research Station.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of all Arkansans drink water that originates in forested watersheds. Maintaining healthy forests is the best protection that we can provide for our water.
The end of the year steering committee meeting was held on December 7th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Please click below to learn more.
The Arkansas Forests and Drinking Water Collaborative is supported by the Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water, a partnership effort of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the U.S. Forest Service. If you have a project in Arkansas that supports clean water and healthy forests, please let us know by clicking below! Come back to see updates soon.
We are always in need of helping hands. If you like to volunteer on river side tree plantings, help organize meetings/field tours, brainstorm project ideas, and/or research funding, we can use your help. Contact us below.
The Arkansas Forests and Drinking Water Collaborative is supported by the Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water, a partnership effort of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the U.S. Forest Service. Did you know that clean water grows on trees? Click below to learn more about how the Southeast Partnership is working to help communities plan for the future.
The Southern Group of State Foresters and the Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water have released a great video series regarding forests and source water protection. Click on our Video page to see these.