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Arkansas Forests & Drinking Water Collaborative

In May of 2015, 45 stakeholders from Arkansas’s forestry and drinking water sectors convened on Petit Jean Mountain at the first-ever Arkansas Forests and Drinking Water Forum. This forum explored the common interests of the two sectors, developed a deeper learning about the issues faced by each, and began building a network between these professionals.  Since then these these two sectors have continued the dialogue and explored areas for collaboration, guided by the steering committee which was formed in 2016. ·         The Collaborative is a component of the Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water, a cooperative effort of the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities.  Current funding for the Arkansas Collaborative is through a Landscape Scale Restoration Grant from the U.S. Forest Service. This grant is part of a five-state effort including Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.


Facilitate conservation and better management of forested watersheds within Arkansas to protect sources of public water supply.


  • Support and strengthen communication between the forest and water sectors,

  • Increase collaboration between the forest and water sectors

  • Facilitate development of local projects/programs


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