Corps plans prescribed burns around area lakes

Personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mountain Home Project Office and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will conduct prescribed burns on public land surrounding Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes until the second week of April.

On Norfork Lake locations scheduled for burning are Indian Head, Thumb Point, Lankford Point, Arnett Point and Koso Point. Bull Shoals locations scheduled for burning are Lakeview Park, Strawberry Point and Indian Point.

All burns will be conducted when weather conditions are favorable and will include timber stands and glade restoration areas. Those with hunting stands at any of these locations are urged to remove them immediately.

Corps officials say prescribed burns improve timber health and are one of the most effective tools they have in preventing wildfires. The burns remove leaf and limb litter, remove excessive amounts of brush and shrubs and encourage the growth of native vegetation, which can improve erosion control.

For more information, contact the Mountain Home project office at 870-425-2700 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

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