USACE plans prescribed burns around Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes

Little Rock District
Published Nov. 4, 2020
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MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – Personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mountain Home Project Office and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will conduct prescribed burns on public land surrounding Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes until Dec. 31.

Norfork burn locations are Gamaliel Park, Bidwell Point Park, Norfork Compound and Woods Point Access. The Bull Shoals location scheduled for burn is Lakeview Park. The launch ramp at Lakeview Park will temporarily close the day of the burn. The prescribed burns will be conducted when weather conditions are favorable.

Periodic burning improves stand health and enhances wildlife value. The burning will reduce wildfire fuel loads by removing debris such as leaf litter, treetops, and limbs. Prescribed burns also improve habitat for wildlife by promoting vigorous growth of non-woody vegetation and grasses which are important to wildlife for food and protective cover. Burning also releases important nutrients into the soil and exposes the soil to sunlight which stimulates the formation of grasses and other green plants forming fibrous roots which help control erosion.

For more information, contact the Mountain Home Project Office at 870-425-2700 ext.1433 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Federal Holidays.

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