The Arkansas Forest and Drinking Water Collaborative (the Collaborative) is a loose collection of water utilities, forest industry, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit conservation associations. These entities work together to improve collaboration between the water and forest sectors for the benefit of both.
Vision: Healthy Managed Forests and Clean Drinking Water
Mission: The mission of the Arkansas Forests and Drinking Water Collaborative is to facilitate conservation and better management of forested watersheds in Arkansas to protect public water supplies. In other words, the Collaborative is striving to keep forest as forest in order to receive the benefits of forest with respect to water quality protection.
• To improve communication between the forest and drinking water sectors
• To improve cooperation between the forest and drinking water sectors
• To facilitate development of local projects/programs.
The Collaborative is a component of the Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water, a cooperative effort of the Southeast Region of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (U.S. Forest Service) and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment). Current funding for the Arkansas Collaborative is through a Landscape Scale Restoration Grant in the amount of $123,930 from the U.S. Forest Service. This grant is part of a five-state effort including Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.