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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Floating party scheduled for July 15 to raise funds in support of efforts to maintain public lands

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust (NWALT) announced this week that it will host its second annual Paddle Party fundraiser on Saturday, July 15, from 12:00pm to 7:00pm at Gypsy Camp and Canoe located at 20271 S Highway 59 in Siloam Springs.

The floating fundraiser aims to raise $30,000 for NWALT’s mission of protecting the lands and waters that sustain Northwest Arkansas.

"We invite everyone to secure their spots now and be part of the fun at Paddle Party," said Grady Spann, Executive Director of NWALT. "By participating in this event, you will not only enjoy a fun summer outing on the Illinois River but also help speed the pace to forever protect Northwest Arkansas’ scenic beauty, fresh air, clean water, wildlife habitat, local farms, and access to outdoor recreation opportunities.”

The festivities will kick off with a fun 2-hour float along the Illinois River, allowing participants to fully embrace the beauty of the Ozarks. Following the float, attendees will be treated to a riverside cookout and live band back at Gypsy Camp and Canoe.

The funds raised by the event will support the Land Trust's areas of greatest need—land conservation, water protection, and environmental stewardship programs. Northwest Arkansas' land and water play a vital role in sustaining the region's ecological balance, and the funds raised through Paddle Party will directly contribute to their perpetual safeguarding.

Please visit the event website at or click here to learn more and secure your spot at Paddle Party.

For further inquiries or assistance with registration, please contact the Land Trust directly at 479-966-4666 or Early registration is highly encouraged.

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