Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway

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controlled burnTN, AL, and MS-The Natchez Trace Parkway has released its prescribed fire (controlled burning) schedule for 2013-2014.   From October 2013 through September 2014, prescribed fire operations will be conducted at various locations along the Parkway (See table below).

 

 

 

 

 

Prescribed Fire Name

Milepost

Prescribed Fire Name

Milepost

MP 404 Burn Pile

404.4

Chickasaw Village

261.4 – 262.0

Tobacco Farm

401.7 – 403.1

Arlington WUI

260.9 – 261.1

MP 401 Barrens

400.9 – 401.6

Lakeside WUI

259.9 – 260.8

Swan View Overlook

392.4

Blackbelt Restoration

251.6 – 252.4

Fall Hallow

391.9

Chickasaw Council House

251.0 – 251.5

ML Hiking Trails

385.7

Hernando de Soto

243.2 – 245.9

MP 386 Burn Pile

385.6

Chickasaw Agency

241.0 – 241.6

Old Trace Drive

375.3 – 377.5

Witchdance West

232.8 – 236.9

MP 334 Burn Pile

334.0

MP 231 Burn Pile

231.2

Freedom Hills

313.6 – 317.9

MP 219 Burn Pile

219.1

MP 309 Burn Pile

309.5

Little Mountain

192.9 – 193.3

Tishomingo State Park

304.0 – 304.9

MP 148 Burn Pile

148.4

Twentymile Overlook

278.3 – 278.6

MP 120 Burn Pile

119.5

Confederate Gravesites

269.4 – 270.8

West Florida Boundary

107.9 – 108.2

3C-2 Lease Tract

266.9

Boyd Site

106.7 – 107.3

Headquarters

265.9 – 266.4

Rocky Springs North

55.0 – 55.8

Need Center

265.2 – 266.5

MP 17 Burn Pile

17.0

Lakeshire Woodlands

262.4 – 263.8

Mount Locust

14.6 – 16.3

 

burnPrescribed fire is a useful and cost effective tool for managing the forests and grasslands that encompass the Parkway.  The benefits of using prescribed fire include reducing the buildup of dead woody material, decreasing the risk of catastrophic wildfire, perpetuating fire dependent vegetation, reducing exotic vegetation, providing habitat and forage for animals, and restoring the natural role of fire in a healthy ecosystem.

 

During prescribed fire operations, smoke warning signs will be placed along car burnthe Parkway as a precaution.  Motorists should travel at a safe speed with headlights on when smoke is visible.  Please be aware of park rangers, firefighting personnel, and equipment along the roadway and mow line.  If visibility falls below 500 feet, the Parkway may be temporarily closed until smoke has cleared.  Some smoke may be visible for several days after initial prescribed fire operations have ended.

 

The Parkway has been utilizing prescribed fire since 1992.  Direction to utilize prescribed fire to achieve goals and objectives comes from the Parkway’s Resource Management and Fire Management Plan.  The Federal Wildland Fire Policy of 2001 recommends that federal land management agencies within fire dependent communities continue to reintroduce and maintain fire as part of the ecosystem.

 

For more information about the Natchez Trace Parkway Fire Management Division, please visit:

http://www.nps.gov/natr/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm

MEDIA RELEASE/NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY/AMY GENKE

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