Preparation and safety are of utmost importance while recreating in the Ouachita National Forest.  Check this page for safety updates including current prescribed fire information, know current weather conditions, and be aware of closures and alerts before you plan your trip to the great outdoors.  For more information visit Outdoor Safety in the Southern Region.



Public Notices

Cattle Dip Vat Management Program

In response to potential contamination at former Cattle Dip Vat (CDV) sites across the Southeast, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (FS) Southern Region (R8) developed a CDV Management Program  to quickly and efficiently reduce risk posed by arsenic in the soils at these sites. A total of 29 CDV sites within the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests have been investigated under this program.