For Immediate Release
February 24, 2017
Contact: Tim Nyander
Prescribed Burn Planned for Saturday near South Broyles Avenue
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville will be conducting a prescribed burn on Saturday, February 25, at the wetland mitigation site known as Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary, located immediately north of the West Side Wastewater Treatment Plant at 15 S. Broyles Avenue. Specifically, the burn will take place 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 burn is expected to start at approximately 11 a.m. and will last two to four hours. This will be the tenth prescribed burn at Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary. Being a prairie grassland/forb fire, there will not be long-term smoldering as occurs with forest fires. A containment line has been established to maintain the fire within the designated burn area. The public is welcome to attend the prescribed burn; however, bystanders will be required to stay behind the containment line.
The purpose of the prescribed burn is for adaptive management of the wetland plant community within the City’s wetland mitigation site. Wildland Habitat, an experienced and trained burn contractor will conduct the burn under supervision of the City’s environmental consultant, Bruce Shackleford, President of ECO Inc. The City of Fayetteville and City of Farmington Fire Departments will be notified, and will be on standby status 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.
The prescribed burn serves as a part of vegetation management efforts to maintain a restored-remnant wetland prairie plant community dominated by native plant species. This provides a unique natural resource that few communities have the opportunity to enjoy. In 2005, baseline monitoring identified 47 plant species at the site. As of the end of the 2016 growing season, 477 plant species have been observed, 11 of which are species of special concern that are tracked by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. Information about the Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary can be found on the City’s website here
Should you have any questions concerning the prescribed burn, please contact the City’s environmental consultant, Bruce Shackleford, at 501-765-9009 or firstname.lastname@example.org
; or Seth Pickens at 479-518-1819 or email@example.com
We appreciate your patience and cooperation in this matter.