A new nature preserve is planned near the Buffalo National River after the Nature Conservancy of Arkansas purchased 1,425 acres of land in the area.
The conservation group says the land is on a mountain near Mt. Judea along Big Creek, which flows into the Buffalo River. The group says the new preserve, which will be called Council Rock Forest, is also home to three rare bat species.
The Nature Conservancy says it will work with the Buffalo River Foundation to raise money and conserve the property. The groups will also work with neighboring property owners and interested organizations to develop land management and visitor use plans.