The National Park Service's Director’s Order 18 requires that all parks with vegetation capable of sustaining fire develop a Fire Management Plan. There are 1,170 acres of land within Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, which are burnable. The park's Fire Management Plan covers wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire activities.
Prescribed Fire at Hopewell Mound Group Unit - 2008
The park proposed and conducted a prescribed fire at the Hopewell Mound Group unit in Autumn 2008. The purpose of the six acre fire is to reduce the accumulation of hazardous fuels, suppress tree and shrub encroachment, and re-establish the dominance of native species. Click here to view the burn plan. The fire crew used All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) during the burn to assist them in their duties. Policies regarding the use of ATVs in the park are established. Click here to view the park's ATV Plan and here to view the Standard Operating Procedures for ATVs.
More information and a map of the burn unit is available here.
To read more about the story of this prescribed fire event, click here.
Did You Know?
William Mills documented the presence of 49 enclosures and 370 mounds in Ross County in his book entitled "Archaeological Atlas of Ohio," published in 1914.