Prescribed Burn scheduled south of Highway 10_February 18, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, AR — A prescribed burn will occur on Monday, February 18, in the Lake Maumelle Watershed.

In order to restore and maintain natural conditions to our forests and protect water quality, Central Arkansas Water (CAW) has partnered with trained professionals in addition to other state and local partners to complete prescribed burns around the Lake Maumelle area in a safe and effective way. CAW’s scheduled burn will be completed south of Highway 10 across from the new WestRock Landing marina.

All nearby landowners have been informed of the prescribed burn that will be conducted by a specially trained crew. Appropriate signage will be posted along Highway 10 during the prescribed burn. Though the burn will occur under specific weather conditions intended to minimize smoke and increase dispersion, smoke will be visible in the area.

Prescribed burns improve public safety by minimizing the risk of destructive wildfires and enhancing forest resiliency, while improving water quality because of enhanced filtration resulting from better growing conditions on the forest floor. These burns also improve wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.

Prescribed burns are a proven method to restore and enhance landscapes throughout Arkansas and the nation. Over 280,000 acres across Arkansas are managed with prescribed burns each year by a variety of public, private, and nonprofit organizations. 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 450,000 individuals throughout the region served by CAW.

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