Northwest Arkansans Plan To Maintain Forests

Posted: January 1, 2015 at 1:30 a.m.

FILE PHOTO About 544,790 acres of forestland were counted in the Benton and Washington counties last year.

The estimated 750,000 people living in Northwest Arkansas by 2040 will need more roads and buildings, and that development will affect the area's forests and water quality, planning and environmental experts say.

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Ecosystem Restoration

Congress established the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program in 2009 to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes. The Wedington Unit of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests is part of the Ozark Highlands restoration program to promote forest health.

Source: U.S. Forest Service

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