Jacqueline Froelich

KUAF Reporter, "Ozarks at Large" and NPR Correspondent

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards. 

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The city of Fayetteville is seeking a tenant farmer for the currently fallow five-acre Woolsey Working Farm, adjacent to the historic Woolsey Homestead, under restoration, just southeast of the new Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary. Tenant Farmer Formal Requests for Proposal applications are available online and must be submitted by Nov. 29. We take a walk on the old prairie remnant to take a gander.

More than 150 wood pellet manufacturing mills operate across the U.S., many supplying the domestic woodstove pellet market with home heating fuel.

More than a quarter are industrial pellet mills, grinding thousands of acres of forest into biomass for overseas export to electrical utilities stoking retrofitted coal-fire furnaces with "densified" wood.

The largest mills, concentrated in the southeastern U.S., claim to sustainably harvest timber, from both hardwood and softwood forests. But a new mill, Highland Pellets in Pine Bluff, which harvests only fast-growing Southern softwood pine may be among the greenest.

Still, the calculated ecological costs and benefits of forest biomass remain hazy.

courtesy: Jessie Green

For more than three years Jessie Green worked as a senior ecologist in the water quality planning branch at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. She left her position to serve as executive director of the White River Waterkeeper, a new non-profit watershed conservation group headquartered in Newton County. Green is also on a mission to encourage the public to engage in ADEQ's regulatory public participation process.

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This winter, the Arkansas legislature passed a law requiring public school buses to be equipped with seat belts. The bill was later amended to accommodate district budgets. The law goes into effect in 2018, but this fall, Fayetteville Public Schools is running a fleet of buses equipped with belts, the first in the state to do so.