For­est restora­tion as­sess­ment done

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

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.

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