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Tuesday, 04 January 2011 14:37 administrator
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Buffalo National River Needs Your Help in June!


Can you help for just one hour?  What kind of help you may ask?  Every June help is needed to hand out visitor survey cards at various locations along the Buffalo.  It’s just that simple.  You smile, greet the visitor and hand them a survey card explaining how important the return of the card is to the future of Buffalo National River.  These survey cards help to answer the question as to whether or not visitors understand the national significance of BNR.  Do you have an hour sometime in June?  You can volunteer in the upper river (Newton County), middle river (Searcy County), or lower river (Marion County).  Our Arkansas treasure really does need your help and with just a few minutes of training (or we can provide several minutes) you will be well on your way to making a difference.  To volunteer please contact one of the following BNR rangers:


Upper River—Linda Bishop at Steel Creek, 870-861-2570


Middle River—Joyce Umbach at Tyler Bend, 870-439-2502


Lower River—Mike Simpson at Buffalo Point—870-449-4311


Elk Festival Help, Jasper, Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28


For the 5th year, BNRP will be staffing a booth at Elk Festival in Jasper on Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28.  We would like enough volunteers so that no one will work more than a two-hour shift.  If you are able to help with the booth, please contact Sybil Craig at 870-704-9114 or her email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Like to Get Your Hands Dirty and Help Buffalo National River?

Ken Smith will building trail every day during March (weekdays as well as weekends).  If you would like to help, Ken asks that you call him so that he can give you information on where to meet and time to meet on the days you’d like to volunteer.  Ken’s cell number is 479-466-7994.  Trail workers are also invited to camp over at Tyler Bend at Group Campsites 1 and 2.  The campsite is free if you are working with him on the trail.  Ken can give you more information about camping schedules when you talk with him.


As we start the new year, I would like to remind everyone that your volunteer hours are important.  Buffalo National River receives additional funding for all volunteer hours that are reported.  We fell
short of predicted reporting of these hours in 2013 so I'm hoping that we'll have more in 2014.
We are changing our procedure just a bit for 2014.  Instead of filling out the form and sending your hours to Mike Simpson, Peggy Thompson will now be receiving your volunteer report and collating the data for BNRP and sending it on to Mike.


When you report your hours, please send the following to Peggy:
1) Your name
2) Date you volunteered
3) location of the volunteer activity
5) Number of hours INCLUDING drive time to and from the volunteer site
6) The activity in which you volunteered (e.g., trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, visitor contact, staffing a BNRP booth, attending a Park meeting, etc.). 
You can send your information to Peggy's email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  .  If you can email the hours to her that would be best.
BNRP members have many opportunities throughout the year for volunteer activities.  But, if the hours are not reported the Park will not benefit.  We're hoping this new system will make it easier for you to report your hours.
I will continue to remind you to send in your hours in my monthly "Calendar of Events" email and I hope you will find this process easier to report your hours.
Thanks to everyone who has already stepped up to volunteer to distribute BNRP brochures in Fayetteville, Little Rock, Harrison and points beyond!  I appreciate your willingness to do this.  (And, the time you spend distributing the brochures can be counted as volunteer hours)!!


Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 16:52