Ecological thinning scheduled to begin

Ecological thinning scheduled to begin in the
Lake Maumelle Watershed to improve water quality

Activities to begin at intersection of Highway 10 and Highway 113

LITTLE ROCK — Central Arkansas Water (CAW) will be conducting ecological thinning near the Sleepy Hollow area at the intersection of Highway 10 and Highway 113 in the Lake Maumelle Watershed. The work is expected to begin on August 29 and will take place as weather permits. The project will be completed in partnership with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission using the Arkansas Forestry Commission’s best practices for water quality protection.

Ecological thinning is a forest management technique that involves cutting select trees to improve functions of a forest other than timber production. An overcrowded forest causes trees to compete for water and nutrients, causing excess stress on the trees. Thinning reduces competition between trees and increases the forest’s ability to handle environmental stress such as drought, insect infestation or extreme temperatures. Ecological thinning also allows more sunlight to reach the forest floor and will lead to improved growth of grasses and shrubs in the understory, ultimately improving filtration and leading to a healthier forest and watershed.

These activities are a continuation of CAW’s ecological restoration efforts as recommended by our Lake Maumelle Watershed Management Plan. Ecological restoration is an intentional set of activities that initiates or accelerates the recovery of an ecosystem with respect to its health. Central Arkansas Water uses both controlled burns and ecological thinning to reduce the risk of wildfire, improve forest filtration, enhance wildlife habitat, and create a healthier forest and watershed.

For more information, please contact John Tynan, Watershed Protection Manager, at 501.377.1268.