Western Arkansas Master Naturalists spent the afternoon picking up trash at the Cherokee Prairie Nature Area north of Charleston. The Cherokee Prairie Nature Area is part of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, which is working to restore it to its former glory. WAMN is partnered with ANHC to assist in that effort. Sometimes that means cleaning up the trash.
Cherokee Prairie Nature Area has about 3/4 miles of frontage on Highway 60 and we picked up 12 bags of trash from it. Trash is easier to see after the mowers have cut the grass shorter, but the process reduces the styrofoam cups to shreds that are harder to collect. You win some, you lose some.
Not everything we saw was trash. Also found were two turkey buzzards, one and a half armadillos, a deer, a beaver, a body of unknown but non-human species in a sack, several anonymous pieces of fur, and a cubby of quail, live. The abundant wildlife may be a sign that the ecosystem is doing well. We did not collect those.