Central Arkansas Water (CAW) is supervising the 100-acre burn around Jolly Roger's marina along the south side of Highway 10.
CAW says the purpose is to restore more natural conditions to the forest there, improve wildlife habitat and water quality.
CAW has partnered with The Nature Conservancy and other local, state, and private partners to complete the controlled burn.
According to a CAW news release, controlled burns improve public safety by minimizing the risk of destructive wildfires, improve water quality because of improved filtration resulting from improved growing conditions on the forest floor, and improve wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.
Controlled burns are a proven method to restore and enhance landscapes throughout Arkansas and the nation. Over 280-thousand acres across Arkansas are managed with controlled burns each year by a variety of public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Through the work of The Fire Learning Network, over 135 million acres have been managed with controlled burns across the nation, in effort to restore and enhance landscapes.
The use of these techniques is part of continued efforts by CAW to implement the recommendations from the Lake Maumelle Watershed Management Plan in order to maintain a high quality-drinking source for 400-thousand individuals throughout the region served by CAW.