The Nature Conservancy Dedicates Its Newest Preserve

Sherfield Cave and the Headwaters of the Buffalo National River Newton County, Arkansas

BOXLEY, Ark. – The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas dedicated its newest nature preserve at Smith Creek in Newton County on Saturday, April 30. The preserve was made possible when Marty and Elise Roenigk sold a 1,226-acre tract, which appraised for well over $1 million, to the Conservancy in December 2004 for $400,000.

The foundation recently unveiled a new conservation partnership with Wal-Mart, “Acres for America .” As part of the program, Wal-Mart pledged $35 million over the next 10 years to purchase one acre of priority wildlife habitat for every acre it develops.