Fire personnel at Natchez Trace Parkway along with the assistance of AmeriCorps conducted three prescribed burns on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The one day event included two grassland units and one woodland unit. The goals of utilizing prescribed fire at Natchez Trace Parkway include: reduce fuel loading in order to protect Natchez Trace Parkway resources and adjacent communities from wildfire, restore and preserve natural communities dependent on fire, and increase the amount and diversity of native species.
The Federal Wildland Fire Policy of 2001 reaffirms the 1995 policy and recommends that federal land management agencies within fire dependent communities continue to reintroduce and maintain fire as part of the ecosystem. The policy of using fire as a tool will help decrease risks to life, property and resources and help maintain the natural and cultural resource values for which the Natchez Trace Parkway was established.
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Monday January 30th, 2012 approx. 11:00 AM|
|Incident Commander||Travis Neppl|