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Corps: Timber activities underway at Wappapello Lake

WAPPAPELLO LAKE, MO (KFVS) -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake is reminding visitors to the lake that timber harvest activities have begun in the Page Branch and Blue Springs areas.

The harvest is used to obtain a better overall forest health through the removal of aged and dying trees to help enable proper forest regeneration. Snag retention will ensure viable habitat for the threatened Indiana bat and provide roosting and foraging habitat to a host of other native wildlife species.

All visitors entering these areas are advised to be aware of their surroundings and remain watchful around equipment and personnel conducting this work.

Roads have been built in these areas for hauling out harvested timber products. All vehicles must stay on maintained graveled and paved roads and are not permitted on these newly constructed roads.

Timber harvest activities are also scheduled to begin in the Wet Fork area near PA-68 within the next couple of months

With fall hunting seasons fast approaching, the Corps would also like to remind users of the rules and regulations pertaining to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility vehicles (UTVs).

According to the Corps: Lands administered by the Corps at Wappapello Lake are regulated by Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 327. ATVs and UTVs with a proper slow-moving vehicle placard, an orange safety flag, and proper county registration are allowed on all Corps maintained roads open to vehicular traffic, if operated by a licensed operator. To be a licensed operator, individuals must have a valid state-issued driver’s license.

No vehicles are allowed off authorized roadways and patrolling park rangers will enforce this regulation.

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