by Tim Church
AVA, Mo. – The U-S Forest Service announces the special dedication of the formerly known Mark Twain National Forest Bateman area in Ava, as the Arrowmen Glade.
In 2008, the Ava, Cassville, and Willow Springs Ranger District of the Mark Twain National Forest hosted the first of five projects, termed ArrowCorps5. Implemented by the Boy Scouts of America, across five National Forests in the United States, ArrowCorps5 was the largest, most complex and most challenging conservation venture for BSA of its time.
In June of 2008, over 600 volunteer participates performed glade restoration on 134 acres, known as the Bateman Area. The restoration included cutting down eastern red cedar trees to open up a wide, grassy area where restrooms, showers, kitchens and recreation facilities were later built.
Public Affairs Officer Cody Norton says on March 19th, nearly eight years later, the glade was officially dedicated with both BSA and Forest Service staff present:
Norton says the BSA Order of the Arrow and the U-S Forest Service formed a textbook Joint Incident Command structure to help secure the environment of the Arrowmen Glade. He adds the restoration is considered to be a true ecological success.
More information on the Arrowmen Glade dedication and the ArrowCorps5 project can be found here.