Forest Improvement Planned For Lakepoint State Park

A forestry project to improve forest health and park aesthetics is planned for Lakepoint State Park this fall, as announced by the State Parks Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. This operation is planned for late fall or early winter of this year. A program to explain more details of this project is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday night, November 1, 2005, at the Lakepoint State Park Lodge. The public is invited to attend.

The State Parks Division will bid out a contract for a firm to harvest and remove fuelwood from dense forest areas of the park east of Highway 431. Fuelwood is the term given to brush and small undesirable trees that can be chipped up, removed to an industrial plant site, and burned to generate steam which is then used to generate electricity. Brush and trees selected for fuelwood have little to no value for timber, wildlife, aesthetics, or soil and water conservation.

Removing fuelwood will leave more growing space, nutrients, and water for trees that are valuable. In turn, desirable trees that are left will be healthier and will grow larger at a more rapid rate. Removing dense undergrowth also opens up the woods, creating better wildlife habitat as well as a better view of trees, flowers, wildlife and other attractive resources within the park. Grass and wild flowering plants will grow better with the increase in sunlight provided. Breezes will blow through the trees more easily.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.