Fire can be used to provide a natural appearing landscape for the park. With proper planning and execution, prescribed fire can manipulate vegetation to produce healthier habitats as a background for the developed zone of the park. At the same time fuel management, using both mechanical means and prescribed fire, can reduce the risk to cultural and historic structures.
Did You Know?
In May 1862, Arkansas Governor Henry Massie Rector moved the state government to his hotel and bathhouse located on Hot Springs Reservation, now Hot Springs National Park. That July, the government seat was moved further south to Old Washington for the remainder of the Civil War.