Fire Management Plan
Contact: Steven Seven, 423.569.9778
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is proud to announce the completion of a new Fire Management Plan. “For the next 5 years, this plan will provide a solid foundation and direction for our fire and fuels management program to help maintain our natural resources and protect local communities,” says Superintendent Reed E. Detring.
The plan outlines a multi-strategy approach utilizing eight major tools or strategies: fire suppression, prescribed fire, mechanical fuel reduction, education, monitoring, research, and preparedness activities. “By using these different tools at the right times and in the right locations, we can take advantage of fire’s positive benefits and also reduce its harmful effects,” says Frank Graham, Chief Park Ranger.
The multi-strategy approach was chosen from three different alternatives that were analyzed in a detailed Environmental Assessment and a Biological Assessment conducted in conjunction with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Based on this analysis, the parks drafted a Finding of No Significant Impact which was signed and approved by the National Park Service Southeast Regional Director, in September 2004.
To learn more about the tools and strategies listed above, a copy of the plan is available for review during normal business hour at Park Headquarters, 4564 Leatherwood Ford, Oneida, TN 37841.
Did You Know?
In the 1960's Congress requested the Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of damming the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River just above the Devils Jump Rapid to create another reservoir. Had that happened Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area would never have existed.