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West Point Begins Prescribed Burning of Timberlands

USACE, Mobile Distirct
Published Feb. 1, 2022

MOBILE, Ala. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, West Point Project announced that prescribed burning of selected timber stands around the reservoir is underway.

Each winter, the Corps works with Forestry Commissions in both Alabama and Georgia using controlled burning to improve wildlife habitats on the public property surrounding the reservoir.

A total of more than 2,000 acres of public land are included in the Corps’ burning plan for 2022. Areas in the burn plan for 2022 include:

  • Crossroads Park/Hunting Area
  • Evansville Park
  • Holiday Campground
  • Maple Creek Hunting Area
  • Oakland Road Hunting Area
  • The Project Management Office
  • R. Shaefer Heard Campground
  • Stateline Hunting Area
  • Wehadkee Creek Hunting Area
  • Whitetail Campground
  • Yellow Jacket Creek Operations

“Prescribed fire is an important forest management tool,” said Derrick Wilkerson, West Point Park Ranger. “The overall purpose of prescribed burns is to improve wildlife habitat, improve forest health and reduce wildfire risks on public property.”

For more information, please contact the West Point Project Management Office at (706) 645-2937.


With an area of operation across Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and northern Florida, and a vast military region that includes operations across Central and South America, the Mobile District’s award- winning teams of engineering, construction, regulatory and emergency management professionals are nationally recognized for their leadership in delivery of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works and military programs missions to the Nation.




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