In an effort to restore the natural vegetation at Lake Fayetteville, the city has announced two prescribed burns to aid in prairie restoration, site preparation, and to create a favorable environment for native plants, according to Lindsley Smith, Director of Communications for the city of Fayetteville.
The burns are schedule to take place in the coming weeks, depending on weather conditions.
Once weather conditions are good and the county’s burn ban is lifted, the burns will take place on the dam and on approximately 40 acres north of the Environmental Study Center located on Lakeview Drive.
“The paved and nature trails from Veteran’s Memorial Park to the Lake Fayetteville Marina will be closed while the burn is conducted on the dam. The paved and nature trails from the Environmental Study Center north around to the Botanical Gardens will be closed while the burn is conducted on the 40-acre prairie restoration site. For safety reasons, the public will not be allowed in these areas while the burns are being conducted,” Smith said in a news release put out today.
A team of wildland fire professionals with extensive experience in the public sector will ensure that the burns are conducted with minimal impact to the public, Smith said.
The burns will only take place under a strict set of weather and environmental parameters such as fuel, moisture, relative humidity and smoke dispersion indices.
Fayetteville citizens may see or smell smoke on the day the burn is conducted until ignition operations are completed.
For closure information, call Fayetteville Parks and Recreation at 479-444-3471.