Staying Informed

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Community Participation and Advocacy

An active citizenry is essential to becoming a sustainable community. The City of Fayetteville encourages residents to participate in the process of governing through volunteering, speaking on important issues, or assisting in practical ways.

To find out how you can get involved by becoming a community volunteer please contact the Volunteer Services department at (479) 575-8302 and they can direct you to opportunities in various areas of interest such as gardens, recycling and sustainability.

 

Urban Forestry

Fayetteville’s Tree Preservation and Protection Ordinance has led to about 30 percent canopy coverage with a diverse age and species of trees. Street trees are also required for all new developments on public or private streets and within parking areas to shade impervious surfaces.

In 2000, an American Forests study showed Fayetteville’s tree canopy is responsible for $1.64 million in air quality and energy savings and sequesters 330,000 tons of carbon annually. Canopy coverage has continued to increase since the study took place.

The Parks and Recreation Division is also involved in a number of water quality projects that include rain gardens, bioswales, and streambank stabilization in the community as well as educational opportunities such as the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks and the Environmental Study Center at Lake Fayetteville Park.