Corps Plans Prescribed Burns

Published Jan. 31, 2017
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MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – Personnel of the Army Corps of Engineers Mountain Home Project Office and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will conduct prescribed burns on Corps land surrounding Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes beginning Feb. 1, when weather conditions are favorable, and continue until the second week of April.

Areas scheduled for burning include Chapin Point, Minge Point, and McGinnis Point on Norfork Lake and Jones Point and Strawberry Point on Bull Shoals Lake. Areas to be burned include timber stands and glade restoration areas.   Individuals with hunting stands located on any of these areas should remove them immediately.

Periodic burning improves timber stand health, enhances wildlife value, and helps restore glade areas back to its natural condition.  The burning will reduce limb and leaf accumulations decreasing the chances of a damaging wild fire during the high use summer months.

Prescribed burns improve habitat for wildlife by promoting vigorous growth of non-woody vegetation and grasses which are important to wildlife for food and protective cover.

Burning also releases important nutrients into the soil and exposes the soil to sunlight which stimulates the formation of grasses and other green plants forming fibrous roots which help control erosion.

For more information, call Natural Resource Specialist Ty Fowler at 870-425-2700 ext. 1433

Ty Fowler

Release no. 17-010