Recently, the NW Arkansas metro area was named one of the top 10 places to live in America by US News and World Report. Our low cost of living compared with household income, strong population growth due to net migration and high quality of life scores all contributed to the No. 8 ranking this year—and while the following numbers were not factored into our ranking, they probably tell you more about our community than any “best-of” list ever could.
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Trees Added to the Urban Canopy
With it being fall and all, this number seemed like a fitting note to end on. For the fourth consecutive year, the Walton Family Foundation is supporting efforts to bring new trees and shrubs to Northwest Arkansas. The grants will help increase and diversify the region’s tree canopy and complement its widely used outdoor offerings.
According to the press release, the foundation will provide more than $900,000 in grants to help plant 930 trees and shrubs in Benton County. In addition, participating communities will host giveaways for residents to receive 2,250 smaller trees in 3- to 5-gallon pots. Socially distanced giveaways will be held between mid-October and early November in Avoca, Bella Vista, Bentonville, Centerton, Decatur, Gentry, Gravette, Pea Ridge, Rogers and Siloam Springs.
To date, the foundation has provided funding for more than 10,000 new trees in Benton County. The plantings have helped boost interest in urban forestry, increase engagement in outdoor beautification efforts and improve shade along the region’s trails and the Razorback Regional Greenway.