Maps showing the location and layout of the lands for lease may be picked up
or examined by contacting Shannon Herrin at (501) 767-4844, ext. 3055, or
Lake Greeson Timber Management.
When land for Lake Greeson Project was purchased in the late
1940s, much of it had been farmed for generations. Unfortunately, poor soil
conservation practices resulted in badly depleted soils which could no
longer support row crops.
The goals of the Lake Greeson Project forest management program are to
sustain and enhance the health, vigor, and diversity of the Greeson
project's forest to support recreation and wildlife management programs;
protect and improve water quality; facilitate and improve public use and
enjoyment of public property; and provide a sustained yield of quality
Loblolly pine, shortleaf pine, sweet gum, and oak are the dominant tree
species on upland areas. Occasionally small patches of upland hardwoods and
longleaf pine are interspersed within pine stands where soil conditions
permit. Bottomland hardwoods are common along rivers, creeks, and
intermittent streams which enter the lake.
Accepted forest management practices, including insect and disease
suppression, timber harvesting, prescribed fires, chemical and mechanical
site preparation, and regeneration, are methods employed to assure the
continuation of the resource. Timber harvest activities are coordinated with
state parks, wildlife management agencies, adjoining property owners, and
other affected parties to minimize conflicts and to assure mutual goals are
met. Revenues generated from the sale of forest products are returned to
Lake Greeson to support recreation and natural resources management
Lake Greeson project Wildlife Management
Public lands around Lake Greeson offer a wide variety of
habitats for numerous species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. From the
1950s until present, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, in cooperation with
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have made significant strides in wildlife
management, to include the reintroduction of white-tailed deer, wild turkey,
and Canada geese. In recent years, increased focus has been placed on
non-game species, including rare, threatened, and endangered species. Today,
sightings of southern bald eagles, migratory waterfowl, and neotropical
birds are commonplace.
The goals of the Lake Greeson wildlife management program are to maintain
habitat diversity, improve habitat for a variety of game and non-game
species, encourage and accommodate public use and appreciation of wildlife
resources and, in the case of rare, threatened, or endangered species, to
provide optimum habitat conditions and/or protection.
Project wide there are 16 wildlife management food plots ranging in size
from 1 to 3 acres planted in a variety of annual crops, wild fruit trees,
and mast producing trees to provide a supplemental source of food for
wildlife. Management plans which are prepared for each food plot, include
specific management objectives, existing activities, and additional work
needed. Whenever possible, silvicultural practices such as timber harvesting
and prescribed burns are used to accomplish wildlife management objectives.
There are 35,000 acres in the Lake Greeson Wildlife Management Area.
Applications for permit deer hunts in the management area may be obtained
from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Lake Greeson Fisheries Management
The goals of the Lake Greeson fisheries management program
are to protect, conserve, and restore aquatic ecosystems, to assist partners
in improving the quality and quantity of fishing opportunities, and to
encourage and accommodate public use and appreciation of the project's
Major emphasis is placed on maintaining lake conditions favorable for fish
spawning and survival. In the spring, lake level fluctuation is minimized
during the spawning periods for largemouth bass and crappie. Additionally,
fisheries habitat is improved by maintaining shallow water fish attractors,
felling trees into the water along the shoreline, and planting flood
tolerant plant species along the shoreline.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stock Lake Greeson with striped bass,
crappie, walleye, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. The Arkansas Game
and Fish Commission conducts programs including fisheries population
studies, establishment of aquatic plants and grass, and submerged fish
Working together, local, state and federal agencies protect Lake Greeson for
future generations and provide some of the best facilities for outdoor
recreation in the nation.
This includes construction of a handicapped accessible
fishing pier, and paved access roads to boat ramps.
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