Central Arkansas Water to Complete a Controlled Burn – January 21, 2013

LITTLE ROCK –  In order to restore more natural conditions to our forests and improve wildlife habitat and water quality, Central Arkansas Water (CAW) has partnered with The Nature Conservancy and other local, state, and private partners to complete controlled burns around the Lake Maumelle area in a safe and effective way. CAW’s next scheduled burn will be completed on January 21, along Highway 10 in the area of Jolly Roger’s Marina. The activity is expected to be completed in one day.

The controlled burn will occur on approximately 100 acres along the south side of Highway 10, in the vicinity of Jolly Roger’s Marina.

Members of the specially-trained burn crew will be available at the intersection of Lakeview Lane (also called Consigliere Drive) and Highway 10, across from Jolly Roger’s Marina, at 10am on January 21 to provide a demonstration and allow the media opportunities for photos, videos, and interviews.

Controlled burns improve public safety by minimizing the risk of destructive wildfires, improve water quality because of improved filtration resulting from improved growing conditions on the forest floor, and improve wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.

Controlled burns are a proven method to restore and enhance landscapes throughout Arkansas and the nation. Over 280,000 acres across Arkansas are managed with controlled burns each year by a variety of public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Through the work of The Fire Learning Network, over 135 million acres have been managed with controlled burns across the nation, in effort to restore and enhance landscapes.

The use of these techniques is part of continued efforts by CAW to implement the recommendations from the Lake Maumelle Watershed Management Plan in order to maintain a high quality-drinking water source for 400,000 individuals throughout the region served by CAW.

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