A decision by the Department of Justice to drop its appeal in a case involving a hog farm upstream of the Buffalo National River means the Farm Service Agency and Small Business Administration will have review the project's potential environmental impacts.
Buffalo National River
The past week was an especially busy one for park staff and cooperating agencies at Buffalo National River. Dry winter weather set the stage for four responses to wildfires, including multiple fires on the same day, and just to keep life interesting, those incidents overlapped with a call for help when a rider was injured after a fall from a mule on a backcountry trail.
The last month or so of the year, from Thanksgiving through New Years, includes chances for many of us to enjoy time away from our usual routine, and sometimes that may even include a trip to a park. A recent challenging rescue of an injured climber at Buffalo National River offers a good reminder that park visitors can be thankful that emergency responders are still on duty, even when we're enjoying a holiday.
Court Finds Federal Agencies Ignored NEPA In Guaranteeing Loans For Hog Farm Above Buffalo National River
Federal loan guarantees needed to ensure financing for a commercial hog operation upstream of the Buffalo National River in Arkansas were inappropriately approved by federal agencies that failed to adequately review the project's potential environmental impacts, a judge has ruled.
For many, fall conjures images of blizzards of golden leaves, the eerie bugles of bull elk, and the first crisp, possibly snow-dusted, days of year’s end. For the northern half of the country these are the realities of the National Park System. There are the breathtaking days of hiking, watching wildlife on the move, and even tasting the season in the bounties of wild berries and other fruits.
It's not often you hear about rangers resorting to a canoe to rescue visitors in need, but that's what happened the other day at Buffalo National River in Arkansas when word came of a snakebite victim in dire need of medical attention.
Often the health of our rivers, lakes, and streams in the National Park System is endangered by something we don’t immediately see. Such is the case in Arkansas, where a hog farm less than 6 miles upstream from the Buffalo National River poses an industrial threat to the river.
Massive, water-stained bluffs soaring over 500 feet above your canoe or kayak; the highest waterfall between the Appalachians and the Rockies; potential campsites on gravel bars along over a hundred miles of clear, free-flowing river; all this and more make the Buffalo National River a worthy addition to your list of must-do float trips.
Citing the rising cost of doing business and tighter budgets, Buffalo National River officials have increased the fees for camping along the national river.