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NWA outdoor briefs

by Flip Putthoff | May 10, 2022 at 1:00 a.m.

Effort targets invasive plants

Beaver Watershed Alliance and the city of Rogers seeks volunteers from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday and also May 27 to remove invasive plant species along the hard-surface trails at Lake Atalanta city park.

Volunteers will remove invasive species, such as privet, between Clark Pavilion and Railyard Bike Park. Helpers will be taught how to identify the invasive understory shrub and how to remove it.

Check-in for this event will be at Clark Pavilion at Lake Atalanta one-half mile east of downtown Rogers. The alliance will provide gloves, tools, snacks and water for attendees. Long-sleeve shirts, pants and closed-toed shoes are recommended.

Volunteers are asked to register by emailing info@beaverwatershedalliance.org or by calling (479) 750-8007.

Race tests biker mettle

The Noon 2 Moon endurance mountain bike race is set for Saturday at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve in Bentonville. Riders will compete in a 6- or 12-hour race to see how many laps they can complete in that time.

Laps will be six to eight miles long. The route will be announced on race day. Both races start at noon. Riders may race solo or as a team. Visit noon2moonrace.com for more information and registration. Volunteers are needed to help with the event.

Walk explores Rogers

Ozark Hill Hikers, affiliated with the American Volkssport Association, invite all interested walkers to walk Saturday in Rogers.

Registration is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at Jiffy Kwik, 219 S. Arkansas St. The walk will start and end at Jiffy Kwik, where participants may choose a 7- or 10-kilometer walk. Membership in the Ozark Hill Hikers is $12 a year prorated $1 for each month remaining in the calendar year. For more information, email bvvohh@gmail.com or call (479) 381-9366.

Tournament aids youth programs

The sixth annual NWA Young Life benefit bass tournament is set for May 21 at Beaver Lake out of Prairie Creek park. Entry fee is $50 per team with an optional $10 for the big bass prize. Fishing is from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First prize is $1,000. A silent auction will be held along with the tournament. Register at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers, Southtown Sporting Goods in Fayetteville or on tournament morning at Prairie Creek park. Profits fund youth programs of NWA Young Life. For details call James Whittle, (479) 466-4659.

Register for quail hunt

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is taking registrations for a youth quail hunt to be held May 21. The hunt is for a limited number of youths age 12-15 who have not had an opportunity to go hunting. Youngsters will get hands-on experience hunting, cleaning their birds and eating their harvest. Email jordan.bevil@afgc.ar.gov to register.

Learn about battlefield plants

A hike to learn about native plants and trees is set for May 28 at Pea Ridge National Military Park. All activities start at the visitor center. Botany experts will lead two easy to moderate hikes.

A driving and walking tour of habitat restoration at the Civil War battlefield park will be from 9 to 12:15 p.m. A potluck picnic is from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. A black maple tree tour is from 2 to 5 p.m. to visit sites of the rare black maple tree.

For more information contact Jennifer Ogle, jogle@uark.edu or call (479) 957-6859.

Catch a catfish

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stocks channel catfish in several small lakes around the state April through October as part of the Family and Community Fishing Program.

Area lakes that have been stocked include Murphy Park pond in Springdale, Lake Springdale, Lake Bentonville, Lake Atalanta in Rogers, Torraine Lake in Fort Smith, Carol Ann Cross Pond in Fort Smith and Van Buren Municipal Pond. The daily limit is three channel catfish. Anglers 16 and older need an Arkansas fishing license.


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