FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 9, 2022
Contact: Tim Nyander
Prescribed burn planned at Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The City of Fayetteville will be conducting a prescribed burn Thursday, Feb. 10, at Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary, a wetland mitigation site located immediately north of the West Side Wastewater Treatment Plant at 15 South Broyles Ave.
The burn is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and will take two to four hours to complete. The burn will be on a 64.5-acre tract that borders the west side of Broyles Road, to the east of 54th Avenue and to the south of Persimmon Street.
The purpose of the prescribed burn is for adaptive management of the wetland plant community within the City’s wetland mitigation site. In 2005, baseline monitoring identified 47 plant species at the site. As of the end of the 2021 growing season, 498 plant species have been observed, 11 of which are species of special concern tracked by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.
Ozark Ecological Restoration Inc. will conduct the burn under supervision of the City’s environmental consultant. The Fayetteville and Farmington fire departments will be notified and on standby to assist, if needed. Subsequent to completion of the prescribed burn, the burn crew will assure that all sparks and embers have been fully extinguished.
For more information, contact Utilities Director Tim Nyander at 479-575-8386 or firstname.lastname@example.org.