LITTLE ROCK, AR — Central Arkansas Water (CAW) began timber salvage and ecological thinning activities in two locations in the Lake Maumelle Watershed on May 9. Approximately 283 acres on the north shore of Lake Maumelle in the area of Lake Vista Drive and approximately 246 acres on the south shore of Lake Maumelle, 2 miles east of Jolly Roger’s Marina, are affected.
The April 27 tornado in western Pulaski County caused significant damage to timber on CAW property. Approximately 259 acres of forest were damaged from the storm (See attached map).
In order to reduce the risk of wildfire and insect infestation on the areas damaged by the storm and adjacent forestland, CAW has contracted with River Valley Timber Company and Big Creek Timber Company to remove the downed and damaged timber. Ecological thinning of 270 acres of adjacent forestland will occur in order to facilitate access to the affected areas and improve overall forest health.
To ensure the safety of the contractors and the public, CAW will restrict usage of the Ouachita National Hiking Trail that runs near the Lake Vista Drive area until the activities are complete. The salvage and thinning activities will take place as weather permits.