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The Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously on February 18 to purchase 376 acres on beautiful Mount Kessler. The city’s costs will be offset by a $1.5 million matching grant from the Walton Family Foundation and a pledge from the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association to provide $300,000.
The City Council chambers overflowed with residents and visitors who attended to show their support for the mountain. More than 40 bicyclists and runners from around the region rode/ran to the meeting on the Razorback Greenway.
The land purchase will allow for the preservation of a historic and ecologically important piece of Fayetteville, while providing a public space for outdoor recreation and education.
As part of the contract, the city will construct a trailhead for Mount Kessler within 90 days and start work on a long-term plan for preservation of the mountain.
The Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association is now beginning work on its fundraising efforts. Supporters can visit fayettevillenatural.org to donate online or request a donation form.