Monday, January 19, 2015

Regional open-space study begins Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Preserving open space focus of study

Posted: January 19, 2015 at 1:03 a.m.
Opportunities to be outdoors contribute substantially to the livability and quality of life in Northwest Arkansas and regional planners want to make sure open spaces are preserved for public use as the region grows.
Two public input sessions are set, one Tuesday in Fayetteville and a second Wednesday in Bentonville, to kick off a year-long regional open space study.
At A Glance
Open Up for Open Space
Here’s how you can participate in an open space study being conducted by the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission:
• Public Workshops: Tuesday at the Fayetteville Public Library, or Wednesday at the Bentonville Public Library. Both are drop-in from 4 to 7 p.m. with the goal of introducing the project and hearing from the public about what they value most in terms of open space.
• Project Website: Learn more about the project background, benefits of open space, and why this plan is important. Find links to the comment form, input map, and other project resources. Visit the site throughout 2015 for project updates. http://www.nwaopenspace.com
• Online Input Map: What are your favorite open spaces in Northwest Arkansas? Use this map to drop points describing your favorite places and see what others have listed: http://wikimapping.com/wikimap/nwa-openspace.html
• Online Comment Form: Tell regional planners what you value most in terms of open space. Direct link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/nwaopenspace
For more information contact: Elizabeth Bowen, Project Manager, NWA Regional Planning Commission, 1311 Clayton St., Springdale, Ark., 72762; Office: 479-751-7125; Fax: 479-751-7150; ebowen@nwarpc.org
Source: Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission
"It is the intent of the plan to focus on identifying natural open space assets, analyzing and assessing those assets and developing potential strategies for conserving those resources for the use of current and future generations," according to a Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission resolution.
A $350,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation will pay the cost of the study.
"We really need people to come out and tell us what makes Northwest Arkansas a special place to them and what natural spaces are important to them," said John McLarty, a senior planner at the commission. "How often do they enjoy the outdoor activities, what do they do, where are their favorite places to go?"
Planners estimate Benton and Washington counties will have about three-quarters of a million people by 2040.
"We're going to continue to grow," McLarty said. "We need to keep these areas that are attracting people to this area now so that people won't be leaving in 2040. We want to preserve those assets and the quality of life."
Examples of open space include the regional trail system, national forests, state and national parks, wildlife management areas, rivers and areas around Beaver Lake, University of Arkansas agricultural property, city parks, properties held in trust and land owned by private nonprofit groups.
"This is very people-centered," McLarty said. "This is for the use of people."
John Pennington, executive director of the Beaver Watershed Alliance, said having open space is also important to preserving water quality in the region. Beaver Lake is the primary water source for most of the 500,000 residents in the region.
"The rapid population growth and the development associated with it can have a negative effect," Pennington said. "Working farms, working forests, old cemeteries, parks and recreation areas all help hold the water from rushing into the rivers and washing pollutants into Beaver Lake."
Pennington, who's also on the study's steering committee, said people need to turn out and let planners know about areas they think are important and would like to see protected.
"Some people know of a spot hardly anyone else knows about," Pennington said. "Those places could end up as a parking lot or a subdivision."
Elizabeth Bowen, project manager on the study, said there will be information available at the sessions about the project and schedule, growth in the region and the benefits of open space. She will have maps showing outdoor recreation areas, population densities, natural resources, the built environment and land uses.
Those attending can also identify on maps the outdoor areas they like to use, participate in a written survey and tell planners what areas they'd like to see protected.
Aubrey Shepherd, a member of the Ozark Headwaters Group and Arkansas Sierra Club executive committees, said he thinks all the environmental conservation groups in the region will get involved in the project.
"It's a good thing and it can make a big difference in the future," Shepherd said. "With growth coming, it needs to be done with the least possible impact on the land, water quality, air quality and quality of life of all species, including human beings."
The resulting plan will be incorporated into the region's long-term master plan.
The regional planning resolution accepting the grant says livability and quality of life initiatives are important to future economic development in Northwest Arkansas. A stated goal of the Walton Family Foundation is to preserve a sense of place.
McLarty said there was an open space plan for the area in 1970 but it hasn't been updated because there wasn't enough discretionary money available. The commission had been looking for money to do the study for awhile and the foundation's grant made it possible.
Some recognized benefits to preserving open space in communities include creating a high quality of life that attracts tax-paying businesses and residents; stimulating commercial growth and promoting city revitalization; boosting local economies by attracting tourists and supporting outdoor recreation, floodplain protection; proecting agricultural land to safeguard the future of farming economies and communities; and, safeguarding drinking water and clean air.
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Monday, December 29, 2014

Will U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service act to conserve monarch butterfly?

Bulletin
Service Initiates Status Review of Monarch Butterfly under the Endangered Species Act

December 29, 2014

Contacts:
Vanessa Kauffman
703-358-2138
vanessa_kauffman@fws.gov


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it will be conducting a status review of the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has determined that a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the Center for Food Safety, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Dr. Lincoln Brower to list a subspecies of monarch (Danaus plexippus plexippus) presents substantial information indicating that listing may be warranted. 
Monarch butterflies are found throughout the United States and some populations migrate vast distances across multiple generations each year. Many monarchs fly between the U.S., Mexico and Canada – a journey of over 3,000 miles. This journey has become more perilous for many monarchs because of threats along their migratory paths and on their breeding and wintering grounds. Threats include habitat loss – particularly the loss of milkweed, the monarch caterpillar’s sole food source – and mortality resulting from pesticide use. Monarch populations have declined significantly in recent years.

The Service will now conduct a status review to determine whether listing is warranted. To ensure this status review is comprehensive, the Service is requesting scientific and commercial data and other information through a 60-day public information period. Specifically, the Service seeks information including:
  • The subspecies’ biology, range and population trends, habitat requirements, genetics and taxonomy;
  • Historical and current range, including distribution patterns;
  • Historical and current population levels and current and projected trends;
  • The life history or behavior of the monarch butterfly that has not yet been documented;
  • Thermo-tolerance range and microclimate requirements of the monarch butterfly;
  • Past and ongoing conservation measures for the subspecies, its habitat or both;  and,
  • Factors that are the basis for making a listing determination under section 4(a) of the ESA;
The notice will publish in the Federal Register December 31, 2014, and it is requested that information be received by March 2, 2015. To view the notice and submit information, visit www.regulations.gov docket number FWS-R3-ES-2014-0056.
For more information on the ESA’s petition process, visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/listing-petition-process.html.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tonight's city council 18 Nov. 2014 Final Agenda

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City of Fayetteville, Arkansas
113 West Mountain Street Fayetteville, AR 72701 479-575-8323 TDD - 479-521-1316
Meeting Agenda - Final
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:30 PM
City Hall--Room 219 City Council
Adella Gray Ward 1
Sarah Marsh Ward 1
Mark Kinion Ward 2 Matthew Petty Ward 2
Justin Tennant Ward 3 Martin W. Schoppmeyer, Jr. Ward 3 Rhonda Adams Ward 4

Alan Long Ward 4
ELECTED OFFICIALS:
Mayor Lioneld Jordan City Attorney Kit Williams City Clerk Sondra Smith
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Call To Order
Roll Call
Pledge of Allegiance
Mayor’s Announcements, Proclamations and Recognitions
City Council Meeting Presentations, Reports and Discussion Items:
1. 2014-0477
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A. Consent:
Quarterly Financial Report - 3rd Quarter 2014, Paul Becker, Finance Director
Approval of the November 6, 2014 City Council Meeting Minutes
A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF NINE (9) MODULAR DESK SYSTEMS FROM NORMAN COMPANY OF FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS PURSUANT TO THE U.S. COMMUNITIES GOVERNMENT PURCHASING ALLIANCE CONTRACT IN THE AMOUNT OF $39,929.73
2014-0458 Norman Company
A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT RECOGNIZING HAZMAT SERVICES REVENUE RECEIVED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FROM WASHINGTON COUNTY IN 2014 IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,310.00
SRF & SRM Hazmat Revenue
BA_BUDGET_ADJUSTMENT_FORM_Hazmat Revenue Murphy Oil Response

A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $800.00 REPRESENTING DONATION REVENUE FROM PIERCE MANUFACTURING, INC., SMITH TWO-WAY RADIO, INC., AND G&W DIESEL SERVICE FOR THE FAYETTEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL EMPLOYEE SERVICE AWARD BANQUET
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A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE ACCEPTANCE OF AN ARKANSAS FIREWISE GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $500.00 FROM THE ARKANSAS FORESTRY COMMISSION FOR USE BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND TO APPROVE A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT
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A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE CHANGE ORDER NO. 2 TO THE CONTRACT WITH LOSE AND ASSOCIATES IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,277.41 FOR ADDITIONAL GEOTECHNICAL TESTING FOR THE DESIGN OF THE REGIONAL PARK
2014-0473 CO#2 with Lose & Assoc for Regional Park
A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE ACCEPTANCE OF A 2014 ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY GRANT THROUGH THE BOSTON MOUNTAIN SOLID WASTE DISTRICT IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,000.00 FOR THE PURCHASE OF PUBLIC SPACE RECYCLING CONTAINERS, AND TO APPROVE A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT
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A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE ACCEPTANCE OF A 2014 ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY GRANT THROUGH THE BOSTON MOUNTAIN SOLID WASTE DISTRICT IN THE AMOUNT OF $5,000.00 FOR AN UPDATE OF THE CODE COMPLIANCE ACTIVITY BOOK, AND TO APPROVE A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT
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2014-0469
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B. Unfinished Business:
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C. New Business:
A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE MASTER STREET PLAN BY REMOVING THE SECTION OF FUTURE COLLECTOR STREET BETWEEN OAKLAND ZION ROAD AND ALTUS DRIVE, AS DESCRIBED AND DEPICTED IN THE ATTACHED MAP.
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AN ORDINANCE TO WAIVE THE REQUIREMENTS OF FORMAL COMPETITIVE BIDDING AND AUTHORIZE A CONTRACT WITH VOICE PRINT INTERNATIONAL, INC. FOR THE PURCHASE OF A DIGITAL VOICE RECORDING SYSTEM IN THE AMOUNT OF $70,706.00, AND TO APPROVE A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT
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A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE AND ADOPT CONTINUING DISCLOSURE COMPLIANCE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WITH RESPECT TO CITY DEBT ISSUES AND TO AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO SELF-REPORT AND ACCEPT SETTLEMENT TERMS UNDER THE U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION’S MUNICIPALITIES CONTINUING DISCLOSURE COOPERATION INITIATIVE
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A RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE 2015 ANNUAL BUDGET AND WORK PROGRAM
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A RESOLUTION TO EXPRESS THE CITY COUNCIL’S INTENT TO AMEND CHAPTER 119 CIVIL RIGHTS ADMINISTRATION OF THE FAYETTEVILLE CODE AFTER ITS PASSAGE BY FAYETTEVILLE VOTERS
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D. City Council Agenda Session Presentations: E. City Council Tour:
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G. Adjournment 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

November 7, 2014, video from Government Avenue near the Fayettevlle National Cemetery

World War ll vet Eugene Keister lives a block north of the Fayetteville National Cemetery but a new parcel purchased by Regional National Cemtery Improvement Corporation is on the north side of his house on Government Avenue. A visit with the 91-year-old Keister in video.http://youtu.be/D2GIHELLOn8?list=UUwcZunxqSV3zcgvRJqBn-Qw
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Keystone pipeline case goes to court in Atoka, Oklahoma

defendant Alec Johnson and community supporters from Oklahoma and Texas, followed the next day by a jury trial featuring the unprecedented use of a climate change necessity defense.
WHEN: Rally begins on Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:30pm. Trial begins the following day on Thursday, October 23rd at 9:00am.
WHERE: Both the rally and criminal trial will take place at the Atoka County Courthouse on 200 East Court Street, Atoka, Oklahoma, 74525.
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Keystone XL Pipeline Case Faces Jury in Oklahoma
Man who blockaded Keystone XL construction argues threats of climate change and environmental harm justify his actions
On April 22, 2013, Alec Johnson disrupted construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline near Tushka, Oklahoma by chaining himself to heavy equipment and effectively halting work. Eventually the police were called and Mr. Johnson was removed from the site and arrested. Now, more than a year after his arrest, Alec Johnson will attempt to make US history becoming the first to argue that he was justified in breaking the law to prevent a greater harm: the urgent threat of climate change. This kind of ‘necessity’ defense rooted in climate justice could have national implications for the growing movement of resistance to the fossil fuel industry across the US.
Mr. Johnson will argue that enforcing future generation’s rights to a stable climate and livable environment is not a crime. His defense will introduce a commanding consensus of climate science, including that of renowned climate scientist Dr. James Hansen who is preparing written testimony for the consideration of the court which will make clear that effective action to address the climate crisis is urgent and can no longer be delayed. Mr. Johnson will also draw attention to imminent health and safety risks posed by Keystone XL. He will address contamination threats to people living near the 1,700 mile pipeline route, the health problems experienced by First Nations communities from the extraction of tar sands, which is the product that flows through the KXL pipeline, as well as the toxic refinery emissions that it is forcing upon Gulf coast communities.
WHO: Alec Johnson, a 62 year old father of two and resident of East Texas, and dozens of supporters from across Oklahoma and Texas many of whom are directly impacted by the Keystone XL pipeline.
WHAT: A rally outside the Atoka County Courthouse featuring the voices of defendant Alec Johnson and community supporters from Oklahoma and Texas, followed the next day by a jury trial featuring the unprecedented use of a climate change necessity defense.
WHEN: Rally begins on Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:30pm. Trial begins the following day on Thursday, October 23rd at 9:00am.
WHERE: Both the rally and criminal trial will take place at the Atoka County Courthouse on 200 East Court Street, Atoka, Oklahoma, 74525.