Summary of the Acquisition Process
A unique opportunity occured on a major acquisition of a portion of the 2355 acres commonly referred to as Eagles Bluff. Eagles Bluff Partnership spent the last 11 years assembling multiple adjoining parcels in a strategic location between Garfield and Gateway Arkansas in Benton County on the shores of Beaver Lake.
The property’s unique beauty and combination of several Northwest Arkansas geological and environmental attributes in a singular parcel garnered the attention of several governmental, environmental and conservation entities.
A little over 2 years ago the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission initiated a conversation to acquire a portion of this unique tract to be placed in a conservation easement for future public use.
The Nature Conservancy of Alexandria Virginia came to recognize ANHC’s goal and joined in the process of acquisition.
Additionally the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation joined the partnership to acquire 1951 acres that extends from Gateway Arkansas to Tremble Mountain and down the slopes to over three miles of Corps Shoreline along Beaver Lake.
The following worked together in a methodical and non-partisan positive way to bring this to reality; The Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation managing the Acres for America program for the Walmart Stores, Inc, Arkansas Game and Fish, the University of Arkansas, the United States Corps of Engineers, and numerous civic minded volunteers from the community who worked without recognition to ensure this multi-year process will enhance Northwest Arkansas beyond our lives for the benefit of the community that surrounds it.
The Dedication of the Devil’s Eyebrow Natural Area WMA is Friday, May 3, 2013, 10 a.m. Tours will be offered; dress appropriately for walking/hiking Please RSVP to Ginny Porter at email@example.com.