Forest restoration assessment done
The Mena-Ogden Ranger District of the Ouachita National Forest has published an environmental assessment of proposed burning, cutting, planting and rehabilitation in hundreds of acres of the forest.
The project intends to eliminate non-native invasive plant species, develop road systems for easy access, accommodate for diverse plant and animal communities and provide “sustained yield of wood products,” replacing loblolly pines with shortleaf pines and reduce the chances of a disease breakout.
Removing loblolly pines in favor of shortleaf pines, which are native and allow more light to hit vegetation on the ground, has been a part of that effort in recent years.
Burning and non-native invasive plant species work would both take place on 6,834 acres.