August 8, 2013 – Regular Monthly Meeting

History, Benefits and Values of Arkansas State Parks
Speaker: Greg Butts, Arkansas State Parks

We’ve all visited Arkansas’s state parks, but how much do we really know about our park system? Greg will cover the history of the state park system, those that had great influence on shaping it, managing and maintaining a modern state park system, birding opportunities, how to stay connected to park programs and events, and the parks’ benefits and values.

Greg Butts, Arkansas State Parks Director, is responsible for directing the operation of 52 state parks, all central office operations in Little Rock, and five regional offices. Additionally he oversees the Outdoor Recreation Grants program, which provides technical assistance and grants to Arkansas communities. Greg was appointed State Parks Director in 1990. Prior to that he served as a park planner, and Manager of Planning and Development for State Parks. He has an MS in Recreation from the University of Arkansas. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his accomplishments from the National Association of State Park Directors in 2011.

Location: Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.

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July 11, 2013 – Regular Monthly Meeting

Sprinkler System Efficiency
Speaker: Mark Brown, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Water is a precious resource. During the summer months as much as 80% of the water used by an average home is for outdoor use. Homeowners watering their lawns and landscapes are the main source of this outdoor use. There are lawn care practices that, if followed, can reduce the need for irrigation and still allow your lawn to be healthy and green. The tips you learn at this talk will save you money as well as water.

Mark has been a Pulaski County Extension Agent since April 2010, specializing in outdoor water conservation and turfgrass management. His specialties include lawn care, turfgrass diseases, soil testing, and outdoor water efficiency. He has B.S. in Turfgrass Science from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and is currently a graduate student in Agriculture Education at the University of Arkansas. He is a native
Arkansan from Bryant.
Location: Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.

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