On this edition of Ozarks at Large, we learn about how officials with the Buffalo National River are planning for the future of a popular outdoor destination: Lost Valley Recreation Area. We also take a look back, at a look back, at KUAF's first fundraiser, and we learn how free trees soon to be given away in Fayetteville impact the city's bug population.

Legislators, and now the public, have had time to read a report from consultants regarding Arkansas' private option.

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Timothy Dennis

After spring flooding caused damage to trails at Lost Valley Recreational Area, resulting in its temporary closure, officials with the Buffalo National River worked through the summer to have the area reopen by Labor Day. Now, the National Park Service is taking a longer look at not only how to improve the area to prevent it from being again damaged by flooding, but also how to otherwise improve the popular destination.

The World Trade Center-Arkansas signs memorandums of understanding with the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, opening opportunities for Arkansas businesses to operate in the country. An unprecedented two-month halt to river traffic because of flooding resulted in a sizable bump in activity during August. Workforce training gets a boost in Fort Smith, with state grants funding academies in production line automation and in data analytics.

Entomologist Donald Steinkraus is also the chair for the Fayetteville Urban Advisory Board. The board serves as an invaluable source for the city's planning commission but also for city residents. Steinkraus and others will be at the Fayetteville Farmer's Market October 17 at 7 a.m. giving away trees and shrubs. Residents are entitled to two and will also be given instructions on how to best plant and care for them.