Ranger Districts Hosting Open House Meetings on Three Project Proposals

Release Date: Feb 16, 2018  

RUSSELLVILLE, ARK – The Big Piney, Pleasant Hill, and Boston Mountain Ranger Districts of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests are hosting three open house meetings to gauge public interest and input on upcoming project proposals.

Forest Service officials managing the Roadside Vegetation Management and Non-Native Invasive Plant Species (NNIPS) Control Project are considering the use of herbicides to control vegetation for maintenance in and around infrastructure improvements such as roads, trails, guard rails and signs. Herbicides will also be used to treat non-native invasive plant species as they appear across the three districts. The Big Piney Ranger District has projects at Robert’s Gap and Jake’s Creek for forest management activities that includes prescribed fire, hardwood and pine commercial and non-commercial thinning, regeneration treatments, wildlife stand improvement, roads management, wildlife openings, large woody debris, and a mountain bike trail.

The open-house meetings will take place from 6 - 7 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • February 27, Deer Public School, Deer, Ark.
  • March 1, Assembly of God Fellowship Hall, Hector, Ark.
  • March 8, Cass Job Corps Center, Cass, Ark. Discussion on only the Roadside Vegetation Management and NNIPS Control Project

For more information, contact Mike Mulford, NEPA Coordinator for the Big Piney Ranger District at 870-446-5122.

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