A series of meetings to discuss the city’s plans for the wetlands management will be held next month and Mayor Mike Watson urged everyone to attend.

The public just doesn’t understand how important these wetlands are to our environment, Watson said.

Planning director Jim Narey and volunteer Marion Scott told the City Council Monday night in a presentation.

Workshops are planned for May 14 at he Burns Park Hospitality House in North Little Rock from 4 to 6:30 p.m., on May 15 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and on May 16 at the Jess Odom Community Center from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Narey said.

Narey said the city is seeking input from citizens on a wetland management strategy for the White Oak Bayou watershed and maps, photographs and descriptions of the wetlands, animals and plants within the watershed will be on display.

Guests will be asked to complete a brief survey form.

This is the first in a series of workshops, Narey said.

Goals are to ascertain public interest in the project, interacting with landowners, educating the public about wetlands, floodplains and floodways and the citizens about the wetlands importance, he said.

Scott said the impact of the wetlands upon our ecosystem is enormous and everyone should be aware of just how valuable it is and what they can do individually to preserve and protect it.

Watson said this is not an effort simply to preserve the land unspoiled but also to use it in the public’s best interests and that might include developing a portion of it.

Alderman Burch Johnson said he’d like to see a walkway throughout the system where the public can walk through and learn more about it.

More information is available at the Maumelle Planning office at 501-851-2500 or on-line at www.whiteoakbayou.com, Narey said.