Servicing Fourche Creek Catchment -- Little Rock, Arkansas

An Arkansas Master Naturalist Initiative

Project Initiative

Servicing the Fourche Creek Catchment through volunteer efforts regarding litter and trash extraction, streambank and riparian restoration, education and outreach. 

 Arkansas Master Naturalists is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, volunteering to keep Arkansas in its Natural State

Effort 1 - Litter and Trash Extraction

For the period November 2020 - March 2024, the Arkansas Master Naturalists, central chapter (CAMN), and Friends of Fourche Creek (FoFC) have extracted 30,977  pounds (15.5 tons) of litter and trash, 60% from two 100' trash booms, 40% from the 1,800 acres within the Fourche Bottoms wetland.

Effort 2 - Streambank Restoration

Due to increased urbanization within the far reaches of the catchment concrete, asphalt, and rooftops are dominating the landscape and changing the hydrology and therefore the downstream channel geometry. Many miles of stream banks are failing.

Effort 3 - Riparian Restoration

Three Little Rock Parks and Recreation golf courses within the Fourche Creek catchment were recently closed. CAMN plans to work with LRPR and AGFC Stream Team in restoring the riparian corridor in these parks.  Click this hyperlink to view the 2021 AGFC Spatial Evaluation of Stream and Riparian Corridors within City of Little Rock Parks report.

Effort 4 - Education and Outreach

CAMN is involved in numerous public education and outreach programs in the community.  We host guided floats through Fourche Creek educating citizens of all ages and promoting environmental sustainability.  

Fourche Creek Catchment


Fourche Bottoms


Needs -- Addressing issues and fostering awareness

Fourche Creek Catchment


Explanation:


City of Little Rock (red)


Fourche Creek watershed (black)


Fourche Creek and tributaries (blue)


Little Rock City Parks in Fourche Creek Catchment

Where trash booms can be located

Two presently located at Benny Craig Park 

 Videos related to Fourche Creek


Fourche Bottoms, March 25, 2023

Antifreeze.mp4
Champion Tree.mp4

Fourche Bottoms, March 25, 2023

Parodox.mp4
backwoods.mp4

Fourche Bottoms, March 25, 2023

Return trip.mp4

Google Map - Waypoint in the center of Fourche Bottoms

Random Photos

Needs

Sponsors & Supporters

Contact Reed Green (3drazorb@gmail.com), Arkansas Master Naturalist, Central Chapter, for more information.