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William Rufus Stephens Jr. Memorial Fund for War Eagle 

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 William "Ruf" Stephens

William Rufus Stephens, Jr., or "Ruf' to his family and friends, tragically lost his life on January 3, 2009. His untimely and unwarranted death has come as an overwhelming shock and heartbreak for his family, numerous friends, and acquaintances.

Ruf had a deep and enduring love for the natural world and was an enthusiastic angler, hunter, and naturalist. He had just finished completing his degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University when he was tragically taken.

Ruf is survived by his father, William Rufus Stephens, Sr., his mother Margaret Duncan Stephens, his half sisters, Margaret Lynn McDoniel and Caroline Tinkle, his step-mother, Rebecca Stephens, and step siblings, Adam Comer, Matt Comer, and Kate Comer, and by many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The Stephens family has set up the William Rufus Stephens Jr. Memorial Fund for War Eagle Creek to honor Ruf by helping to protect the watershed he loved so much.

A treasure of the Arkansas Ozarks, the 215,000-acre War Eagle Creek watershed extends from the town of Red Star to near Nob Hill where the creek joins Beaver Lake. Mostly rural and forested, the watershed is being impacted by rapid population growth in the region.

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 War Eagle Creek

Raising public awareness and promoting stewardship of War Eagle Creek watershed has been a focus of Audubon Arkansas for many years. The funds raised from the William Rufus Stephens Jr. Memorial Fund thus far have supported War Eagle Creek Appreciation Day events. The funds also helped to co-produce the film, Bridge to War Eagle, which memorializes Ruf. Produced by the Emmy award-winning team of Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter, the film tells the story of the landowners who protect the creek, including the Stephens family, and the watershed's history. For more information about the film or' to purchase a copy of the film, visit www.uark.edu/ua/wareagle.

Audubon Arkansas continues to promote stewardship of War Eagle Creek with the funds collected from the William Rufus Stephens Jr. Memorial Fund. Donate today and help protect this important Arkansas watershed.

Ruf Stephens
A young Ruf Stephens
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