HELENA-WEST HELENA - A conservation group hoping to turn a 1,500-acre island into part of a public trial running down the Mississippi River hasn't found anyone to buy into the idea, or the island.
The American Land Conservancy bought Buck Island two years ago for $1.18 million. The state Legislature authorized the purchase of the island for as much as $1.5 million, but no state agency has stepped up to take on the purchase. The island hasn't attracted federal agencies either.
The conservation group has responded by knocking the price down for $950,000. The group says the pressure is on, as it wants to find a buyer by December 31, before tax laws regarding easements change.
The conservation group envisions the island being used as part of a fishing and boating "trail" being developed along the Mississippi River. The proposed trail, extending 106 river miles from Helena-West Helena to Arkansas City, would provide the public a chain of recreation areas.