The Turner Bend Store in Franklin County was named the winner of the 2013 Arkansas Environmental Stewardship Award last week.

Commonly called the “ENVY Award,” the award was established in 2005 by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to recognize a major contribution by an individual or organization for efforts to enhance and protect Arkansas’ natural resources.

The Turner Bend Store is located at the junction of Arkansas Highway 23 and the Mulberry River about 10 miles north of Ozark on the Pig Trail. It offers general merchandise and outdoor equipment, and also rents canoes to adventure seekers on the area’s waterways.

For more than 20 years, owner Brad Wimberly has organized cleanup operations along the Mulberry River and the surrounding area near his store, as well as sponsoring or participating in various other activities to improve the environment in that part of the state.

What all has Wimberly done for two decades to earn this accolade? Listen here to our radio report, sponsored by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, to learn more.

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