Benefit Concert for Buffalo National River Oct. 21

Jill M. Rohrbach
 
The Buffalo River Chamber of Commerce is asking for support for an important project affecting the Buffalo National River. If you can, attend a benefit concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Arkansas House in Jasper. The concert proceeds will support continued pay phone service at Steel Creek and Kyles Landing on the river.

These two spots are fantastic camping areas, and put in/take out areas of floaters. Steel Creek and Kyles Landing are high use areas, especially this time of year when the leaves are changing, or in the spring when the river is running. They are popular destinations for floaters, hikers, horseback riders, campers and photographers.

Maintaining these pay phones has been identified as a priority safety issue by the Buffalo River Chamber of Commerce. According to a chamber press release, The pay phones were recently defunded by the National Park Service as it has attempted to cope with deep federal funding cuts. The Chamber is working to preserve these essential communication links for visitor safety through other means of financial support.”

While cell phones are ubiquitous today, cell service in this area is not. Both Steel Creek and Kyles Landing are cell phone dead zones, which means the pay phones are essential for any park visitor needing to report emergencies.

Each year Arkansas House holds a benefit concert and designates 50 percent of the proceeds to a local charity. Tickets for the benefit concert are $10 and may be purchased in advance at the Boardwalk Cafe, or on the day of the event. Arkansas House is located just north of the Jasper square. For more information call 870-446-5900. For directions and more information about Arkansas House, visit http://arkansashouse.net. Find out more about the area at www.buffaloriverchamber.com.

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