Efforts to preserve two and a half acres of urban wetland prairie in south Fayetteville have received the support of Tyson Foods, Inc.

The company is contributing $25,000 to the cause, which will help the Town Branch Neighborhood Association and the City of Fayetteville buy the property located at the corner of Duncan Avenue and 11th Street.

Once the land is purchased, Audubon Arkansas will begin the restoration process by removing unwanted plants from the property. The group will later replant grasses and trees that are native to such a wetland.

A public viewing area with picnic tables and a kiosk with information about the site are also planned. In addition, the university and local schools are expected to use the area as an outdoor laboratory, where students will be able to learn about the native plants, grasses and wildlife.

An added benefit of the wetland prairie project is its role in collecting storm water. Since the ground acts like a sponge, holding water over a long period of time, it can be especially beneficial in the collection of storm water in an urban setting.

Source: Company Release