The Buffalo National River Partners’ efforts to promote, preserve and protect the Buffalo River have received a boost in the form of a $15,000 grant from the Arvest Foundation.

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More specifically, the funds will be used to fund projects that assist in the preservation of cultural and natural resources within the Buffalo National River Park, as well as providing a wide range of educational and recreational activities.

“We greatly appreciate the Arvest Foundation’s generosity and support,” said Terri Martindale, president of the Buffalo National River Partners board of directors. “This kind of support not only helps our organization achieve our goals of promoting and protecting the river, but also benefits the thousands who visit the Buffalo National River every year. For this contribution to come this year, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Buffalo National River, makes it especially helpful as our organization is the primary source of funding for the many of the upcoming celebration events.”

Scott Tennyson, community president for Arvest Bank in Harrison, said the recommendation to provide funding to the Buffalo National River Partners was an easy one.

“We are fortunate to have a national treasure like the Buffalo River right here in our neck of the woods and we don’t want to take it for granted,” Tennyson said. “We understand the importance of supporting initiatives that enhance and preserve our quality of place. We trust the foundation’s gift reflects our ongoing commitment to our North Central Arkansas community.”