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Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Participates in Guiding for Conservation Day

 

SALIDA, Colo. – The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is part of Guiding for Conservation Day on Monday, Aug. 15, held to support land and water conservation in the upper Arkansas River valley. On that day, several local fishing, rafting and biking outfitters, which are permitted by the AHRA, will donate their guide fees to the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas (LTUA). The non-profit group performs conservation work to protect riparian habitat, wildlife habitat, water quality, open space and to enhance access to the river and existing trail systems.

And, in a show of support, the participating outfitters will match their guides' contribution to LTUA.

"The Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas has contributed a great deal towards keeping the river corridor healthy, protecting the water quality, wildlife habitat and to improving river and trail system access,” said Rob White, the AHRA's manager.

The Upper Arkansas River, from its headwaters near Leadville to Lake Pueblo State Park, has played an important part in the natural and cultural history of Colorado. The river is important for agricultural water needs, public recreation, biological diversity, and tourism, said White. As one of the major river systems in Colorado, the Arkansas is the focus of many cooperative efforts to promote public recreation and conservation.

Starting in the early 1990's, various interest groups and organizations joined together to cooperate on the various water needs and uses of the Arkansas. That spirit of cooperation lives on and is embodied in the second annual Guiding for Conservation Day on Aug, 15, said White.

"The really great thing about this event is that it is guide driven. These guides are committed to protecting the resource that sustains them," Hayden Mellsop, guide and board president of the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas. "They recognize the importance of nurturing the goose that lays the golden egg."

For a list of companies participating in Guiding for Conservation Day, please visit http://ltua.org/Guiding-for-conservation.html.

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