Jim McKinney and Tom McGill By Alice Andrews, Conservation Chair Many of you will remember Bob McKinney. He served as President of the Pulaski Chapter back in the 70s. Bob's brother James (Jim) McKinney, passed away in December 2018. He was born and grew up in Little Rock. graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Jim moved to Texas where he lived with his family, throughout his career. He was a faithful supporter of the Ozark Society for many years. Jim enjoyed coming back to Arkansas for canoe trips on the Buffalo River and hiking in the Ozarks. He was also a trail maintenance volunteer on Colorado hiking trails, always friendly, helpful and happy outdoorsman. Thomas McGill, Camden, AR passed away in March, 2020. Tom was an active Ozark Society member for many years. He was very fond of white-water canoeing, a Boy Scout leader, wood-worker and very supportive in community affairs. He served his country in the Naval Reserve, having a memorable tour of duty as a naval gunnery officer. Tom graduated from University of Arkansas, returned to Camden to establish his land and timber business. He was a member of the Arkansas Forestry [...]
Dr. Kimberly Smith Dr. Kimberly Gray (Kim) Smith, member of the board of the Ozark Society Foundation since fall 2011 and chair since January 2013, passed away unexpectedly on April 9. As a Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, he served in many roles and oversaw and collaborated on research in many areas, resulting in over 300 professional publications. Four days before he died, Kim gave his retirement seminar, in which he said: “Be curious, be creative, challenge yourself to learn new things… and have fun doing what you do… I did.” Roy Senyard Roy was a lifelong advocate and lover of the outdoors. He spent decades working to preserve the integrity and beauty of the Arkansas wilderness through his passion for caring for The Ozark Highlands Trail. He was the longtime Maintenance Coordinator for the OHT, organizing the volunteers who keep the trail open by cutting back the side growth of trees and shrubs. If there was meaningful trail work to be done, Roy was the first person on the scene. Had trees from a storm fallen and blocked the trail? Roy gathered a team together and off [...]
Ozark Resources Watchdogs, The Trouble with Mussels, High-Pointing the States: Part Two
Ozark Society President Bob Cross has announced that a notice of intent (NOI) to sue the USDA’s Farm Service Agency was filed on May 6. The NOI was filed by the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance, the Ozark Society, and the National Parks Conservation Society because of the Farm Service Agency’s loan guarantee to establish a 6,500-head Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) hog farm on a tributary of the Buffalo National River. Review the Press Release and the NOI. Further information contact Bob Cross, email@example.com or (479) 466-3077.
The link below will take you to the National Park Service (NPS) Buffalo National River (BNR) press release page, which will give you current updates on the park: http://www.nps.gov/buff/parknews/newsreleases.htm
The Highlands Chapter shares some of its outings photos at the following link: https://picasaweb.google.com/millett4 https://picasaweb.google.com/LukeParsch