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« on: November 05, 2014, 06 :09:04 PM »

 Pumping to be discontinued on Thompson Tract GTR
 
WEINER – Due to the long-term effects associated with extended periods of flooding on timber, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will not be pumping the Thompson Tract Greentree Reservoir on Earl Buss Bayou DeView Wildlife Management Area.

According to AGFC Regional Supervisor Terence Teel, the AGFC has been trying to hold off flooding the WMA, in any amount, as water saturated soils along the boat runs in very hot weather prior to the trees senescing (going dormant), is not much different than flooding the timber. “Flooding timber too early has very detrimental effects on timber health. This is a problem experienced anywhere we artificially flood the woods and hold it for long durations,” Teel says. “Timber health is a major concern we are trying to rectify and the sooner the better. In fact, the AGFC currently is conducting an assessment of forest health and hydrology in all GTRs on wildlife management areas across the state to guide future management activities,” he added.

The Thompson Tract GTR routinely floods without pumping. Only twice over the past 10 years has the area not reached full pool due to a dry fall or winter.

Ground water in the area also is becoming depleted, with some agricultural wells reported to be running dry in this Delta region. The Thompson Tract pump began surging approximately five years ago and AGFC staff was informed at the time that only 10 feet of water remained in the aquifer.

Stoplogs will still be placed in all water control structures on the WMA to catch available rain water and river overflows. If sufficient rains do not occur, some areas may remain dry throughout waterfowl season.

In years past, starting in early October, the GTR was pumped using a groundwater well located at the boat ramp and campground area. During a dry fall, the pumped water would provide boat access within the boat run and shallow water to duck hunt primarily around the underground gas pipeline that bisects the area.

The GTR is located approximately 3 miles west of Weiner.
 
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