When we are not tackling junk piles or learning about forest management in Arkansas you might find us among the beavers and ducks. This kayaking fun was brought too us by the handiwork of a few beavers and about 7 years of their time. When my husband’s grandfather, Otho, was alive and kicking he loved to wage war on those long-toothed furry creatures, they were encroaching on his precious forest after all! In the last year of Otho’s life though he came to see the beauty in the beaver’s efforts and happily gave in.
This wetland is a perfect example of what we are working to cultivate in Arkansas, which is conservation. Forests are amazing filters and do wonderful things for reducing our carbon footprint, as most of us know, but beavers are truly amazing little environmentalists. Their dams and wetlands help fight drought, create healthier environments for other species and fight climate change.
Plus it’s getting me really close to that pond moment in “The Notebook”, so yes, I’m totally down with the beavers.