Canoeist enjoying a float below one of the many bluffs.

Caring for the Buffalo National River

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The Buffalo National River Partners (BNRP), founded in 2007, was created by a group of local citizens who were passionate about protecting the river and its surrounding area.

According to BNRP Board President, Terrie Martindale, “Our goal is to promote, appreciate, preserve, and protect the Buffalo River. We aim to provide volunteer and financial resources for projects to enhance facilities, improve visitor experiences, and preserve the river’s natural and cultural features.”

The BNRP’s mission is to support the goals and purposes of Buffalo National River. By providing financial resources, advocacy, technical assistance, and volunteers to the park, the BNRP assists in the purpose of preserving the unique and cultural features, educating visitors, and improving the facilities of Buffalo National River.

Martindale mentioned that they have been very active in promoting the Buffalo during its 50th Anniversary. Moving forward the group is focusing on preserving historic structures like the Eva “Granny” Henderson Cabin in the Ponca Wilderness Area.

Eva “Granny” Henderson Cabin
Eva “Granny” Henderson Cabin

Over the years, the BNRP has been instrumental in a number of projects that have helped to protect and enhance the Buffalo National River. These projects have included:

  • Building and maintaining trails
  • Supporting educational programs
  • Removing invasive species
  • Assisting with scientific research
  • Advocating for the park’s needs

Visitor Support

I came across the BNRP website while looking at river levels on the Buffalo, remembering a great day of floating in the middle of August several years ago. They have a River Level Page that is perfect for the casual paddler who may not be watching gauges all the time. We highly recommend checking it out if you are planning a trip to the river.

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Gauge levels for each of these points on the river are available on the BNRP website along with explanations.
Gauge levels for each of these points on the river are available on the BNRP website along with explanations.

The group encourages visitors to visit the Buffalo National River Leave No Trace page before going to the river. It is full of great ideas for leaving this national treasure in as good or better shape as you found it.

The BNRP is a vital partner in the conservation of the Buffalo National River. Thanks to the organization’s hard work and dedication, the river remains a cherished resource for the people of Arkansas and the nation. Consider visiting the website, signing up for their e-newsletter, and joining or making a donation.

One of many beautiful areas to take a pause or overnight stay along the river.
One of many beautiful areas to take a pause or overnight stay along the river.

 

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