THREE FIELD STUDIES TO JOIN
Studies for Wednesday September 27, 2006.
field Study will be filled on a first come basis.
the minimum number required for a study is not met, it will be
cancelled and your payment refunded.
Ouachita National Forest Fisheries Tour
join the fisheries and hydrology staff of the Ouachita National
Forest for a day in the headwaters of the Little Missouri River to
see and discuss riparian management to protect water quality and
fisheries; recreational use and management of streams; stream
crossing/fish passage problems, research results and remedies and
participate in a "stream walk" where we'll kick up a few
bugs and fish and do some stream electrofishing.
Bring your binoculars for bird watching and a pair of tennis
shoes or your wading boots for getting into the stream.
Box lunches for a streamside lunch will be available from the
hotel. The destination
is about an hour and a half from the hotel and we'll have you back
by mid to late afternoon. A
minimum of 10 participants with a maximum of 25 participants.
Hot Springs National Park Tour
Hot Springs Reservation, now a National Park,
was set aside by the United States Congress in 1832 for the
expressed purpose of preserving and protecting its’ unique
geothermal springs. Hot
Springs actually predates Yellowstone by forty years.
The park’s enabling legislation charges park managers to
continue to provide these thermal waters to the public in an
unaltered state for personal consumption throughout perpetuity.
No other National Park Service area has such a mandate.
Throughout its now 174-year history, the park
has undergone several distinct periods of evolutionary growth and
history. The City of Hot
Springs literally grew up around the Park.
Plumbing systems and their attendant bathhouse complexes were
built, razed, and re-constructed in a never-ending cycle.
Even today’s fifth or sixth generation capture and
collection system is a confusing combination of historic, middle
aged, and contemporary piping, junctures, valve bodies, pumps, and
reservoirs. All eight
remaining bathhouses are aging, nationally registered, historic
structures. One of those, the Hale, dates back to the late 1800s.
Six are currently undergoing extensive adaptive
reconstruction and the Hale Bathhouse actually sports a
park’s Natural Resource Program Manager will provide a walking
tour of the Historic District with an attendant discussion of its
many and often times unique natural and cultural resources.
The geothermal spring waters contain significant amounts of a
suite of naturally occurring radioactive materials.
These radionuclides and their decay progeny have created the
need for some very aggressive and challenging management strategies.
The tour will culminate with a visit to the restored Fordyce
Bathhouse, now the park’s visitor center.
Time will also be provided for areas of personal interest.
A minimum of 10
participants with a maximum of 25 participants.
Striper Fishing on Lake Ouachita
Come join local striper guides headed up by
John T. Hall for a morning of striper fishing on Lake Ouachita.
These guides catch lots of fish.
The usual method for this time of year is using large (8 to
10 inch) shad for bait. The
shad are sometimes put under a balloon for a bobber and the strike
can be exciting. The
cost for this trip is $60.00 per person plus a fishing license.
Licenses are available at local dealers or on line.
A nonresident 3-day trip license is $11.00.
A minimum of 4 participants with a maximum of 16