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Wildlife Habitat Improvement Work planned for Corps’ parks in Russellville
Wildlife Habitat Improvement Work planned for Corps’ parks in Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Corps of Engineers will be constructing two food plots about two acres in size on the south side of Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary. 

A small dozer will prepare the ground for planting by removing small trees and underbrush.  Trees beneficial to wildlife such as oak, black cherry, and some maples will remain, while trees such as sweet gum, elm, black willow, and box elder will be removed. 

Removing unwanted vegetation allows sunlight to reach the food plots, while leaving beneficial trees to compliment the clover, rye, oats and winter wheat being planted. 

About two acres of food plots at Old Post Road Park in Russellville were recently planted for wildlife benefit and increased viewing opportunities near the campground and disc golf course.

Arkansas Tech students will also be removing privet, an invasive species, in the Bona Dea area.  Privet is currently taking over the ground cover and provides little wildlife benefit. 

If you have any questions regarding the wildlife work at Bona Dea Trails and Old Post Road Park, call the Corps of Engineers Russellville Site Office at (479) 968-5008 or (501) 340-1740.