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Ozark Society Foundation

 History and Mission

The Ozark Society Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization created in 1976 by the Ozark Society for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes in the pursuit of the conservation and preservation of natural resources.  The Foundation, operated by a volunteer board, is a major publisher of high-quality conservation and nature-related books about the Ozark-Ouachita mountains region in Arkansas and surrounding states, with all proceeds supporting the mission of the Foundation.  Notable publications (now out of print) include Ken Smith’s Buffalo River Country, Carl Hunter’s Trees, Shrubs, and Vines of Arkansas, Carl Hunter’s Wildflowers of Arkansas, and Neil Compton’s The High Ozarks: A Vision of Eden and The Buffalo River in Black and White.

Ozark Society Foundation Publications

Ozark Society Foundation publications currently in print can be purchased through the Foundation’s partnership with the University of Arkansas Press and the Chicago Distribution Center at .  Books include:

Arkansas Butterflies and Moths, 2nd edition, Lori Spencer

The Diana Fritillary, Arkansas’s State Butterfly, Lori Spencer

Buffalo River Handbook, 2nd edition, Kenneth L. Smith (forthcoming fall 2018)

The Foundation also has partnered with the University of Arkansas Press to reprint Neil Compton’s Battle for the Buffalo River: A Twentieth-Century Conservation Crisis in the Ozarks.


The Foundation welcomes charitable donations in support of the Ozark Society’s mission of conservation, education and recreation, and, in turn, supports activities and research related to the natural resources of the region.  The Foundation appreciates individual donations, gifts in honor or memory of someone, corporate matches for individual employee giving, as well as corporate and personal foundation grants.  The Foundation supports such activities as local natural resources research projects, outdoor activities for school-aged children, building and maintenance of hiking trails, and partnerships with other non-profit environmental organizations.

You can donate to the Ozark Society Foundation online here or mail donations to:
Ozark Society Foundation
Karen Seller, Treasurer
2360 Bunker Lane
Farmington, AR 72730

For more information, contact the Ozark Society Foundation Chair, Janet Parsch, at