chapter  2
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HABITAT TRAILS

In the spring of 2005 Debbie Wieneke, executive director of the HFHBC affi li-

ate, along with Bill Adams and Pat Adams from the HFHBC board, became aware

that the owners of a fi ve-acre parcel of land on the edge of Rogers, Arkansas,

a small but growing community near Fayetteville (home to the University of

Arkansas), were interested in selling the land if they could fi nd a buyer interested

in developing the property in an ecologically sensitive manner. With the help of a

grant from the Walton Family Foundation (based in nearby Bentonville), HFHBC

acquired the land with the understanding, notes Wieneke, that the affi liate would

incorporate sustainable development strategies and “approach the project in an

innovative way.”