Army Corps of Engineer News

Corps Plans Prescribed Burns Around The Lake

When weather conditions are favorable, the Army Corps of Engineers, Greers Ferry Project Office in coordination with the Arkansas Forestry Commission and other state agencies will conduct prescribed burns during the next several months in and around Greers Ferry Lake park areas.

Personnel will conduct prescribed burns at Lake Ice Road, Dam Site, Devils Fork, Heber Springs, Narrows, and Old Hwy 25 parks. More locations may be added if weather permits.

Corps officials said prescribed burns improve timber stand health and enhance wildlife value. Burning supports annual reestablishment of favorable native grasses and herbs, which create food resources and cover for foraging and nesting wildlife.

It also reduces leaf accumulation and decreases the chances of damaging wild fires in developed parks during high-use summer months. For more information, call the Greers Ferry Project office at 501-362-2416.

Recreation information can be found on the Internet at www.swl.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/littlerockusace, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/usacelittlerock.

 

Corps Plans Timber Improvements At JFK Park

The Army Corps of Engineers, Greers Ferry Lake Project Office will conduct timber stand improvements in John F. Kennedy Park Dec. 16 through Feb. 28, 2014. Camp area “D” will be closed until the timber harvest and cleanup is complete.

Timber stand improvement boosts the overall condition of the stand and concentrates wood growth on a number of selected trees. Prescribed burns can improve wildlife food and habitat as well as appearance and health of the woods.

For more information regarding timber stand improvements call the Greers Ferry Project Office at 501-362-2416, or stop by the office located near the dam on Highway 25, three miles north of Heber Springs.

Recreation information can be found on the Internet at www.swl.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/littlerockusace, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/usacelittlerock.

 

Corps Recycles Christmas Trees For Fish Cover

Christmas trees don’t have to go in the trash after Christmas. In fact, all those trees in homes and businesses across the area can be put to good use. After the holidays, complete your gift giving by donating your tree to the fish in Greers Ferry Lake.

The Corps will use donated trees to create fish habitat in the lake by placing fish shelters made of bundles of Christmas trees. To donate your tree, drop it off from Dec. 26 until Jan. 17 at Sandy Beach near the boat ramp in Heber Springs, Devils Fork Park’s high-water boat ramp near Greers Ferry/Fairfield Bay, or Choctaw Park’s boat ramp in the Clinton area. Please do not block access to the ramps for those folks wanting to launch boats.

We will only use live trees, not artificial ones, to make the fish shelters. Please remove all tinsel and ornaments to protect aquatic life. Local businesses, with leftover trees, are welcome to drop off their trees as well. Take advantage of this opportunity to improve fish habitat and provide better sport fishing at our lake.

Volunteers are welcome to help drop fish shelters into the lake. For more information, call Park Ranger Jason Presley at the Greers Ferry Project Office at 501-340-1905.

Recreation information can be found on the Internet at www.swl.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/littlerockusace, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/usacelittlerock.

 

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