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.
WHAT WE DO
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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