LITTLE ROCK, AR — A prescribed burn will occur on Friday, March 22, 2019 north of Highway 300 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 The Nature Conservancy and other state and local partners to complete prescribed burns around the Lake Maumelle area in a safe and effective way. CAW’s scheduled burn for Friday will be completed near its Lunsford Corner unit north of Highway 300 in Little Rock. This area of the Ouachita Trail will be closed beginning at 7 am and will remain closed for 24 hours. In addition to the burn on the north shore of Lake Maumelle, CAW will also conduct a second burn near the dam at Lake Winona.
All nearby landowners have been informed of the prescribed burn that will be conducted by a specially trained crew. Appropriate signage will be posted around the area 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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