Hot Spot - Cossatot River State Park - Natural Area, AR

The Cossatot River State Park is experiencing severe impacts from outdoor activities and is one of the many Hot Spots in 2018. With site-specific training, consulting, educational programs, service projects and more, these threatened areas can be put on a road to a healthy recovery.

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area in Southwest Arkansas is renowned for its' scenic beauty. The park encompasses 12 miles of National Wild and Scenic River and encompasses outstanding geological features, cascading clear water, the dramatic Cossatot Falls, and Class III, IV and V rapids. The park is a popular destination for hikers, campers, skilled canoeists, rafters and kayakers. It is also a summer destination for swimming, fishing, snorkeling, and tubing. The Cossatot River State Park is seeing severe impacts from recreation in the park including water resource impacts, campfire scars, tree damage, human waste, litter, vandalism and the use of undesignated/visitor created trails. 

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is teaming up with staff from the Cossatot State Park staff to execute a week of targeted training, education programs and service work with agency staff, key stakeholders and members of the local community. The overall goals of these efforts are the long-term improvement of resource conditions, increased awareness of impacts in the park, elevated Leave No Trace presence within agency management plans and increased use of Leave No Trace skills and ethics by the visiting public. This week of action based events is just one step in helping the Cossatot State Park on its road to recovery.