Sequestration Effects on the Parkway
On March 1, 2013, the Parkway was required to reduce its annual budget by five percent, in accordance with the sequestration provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011. Click the link to learn about visitor center, restroom, and services impacts. More »
Portion of National Scenic Trail Near Tupelo Closed to Hikers
Part of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (NOT the Parkway) near Tupelo, MS, has been closed until 2015 due to construction under Tupelo's Major Thoroughfare Construction Project. Parkway travelers may expect delays, but no detours are expected. More »
Not all of the Fire Management Division's work occurs on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Fire personnel respond to emergencies throughout the country. Whether that situation is in another national park or anywhere else that requires federal assistance, the Fire Division is prepared to help. These incidents include:
The incident command structure under which all federal firefighters work is a universal way of organizing any number of people to accomplish a common goal. Fire personnel from the Natchez Trace Parkway can fit seamlessly into the command structure of any other federal agency, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This allows federal firefighters to get to work on the problem almost as soon as they arrive at an incident, knowing exactly where they belong in the solution.
Firefighters can be called for hands-on operations, such as extinguishing a wildfire or operating chainsaws to clear streets after a hurricane, or as part of the "overhead" team. As part of the overhead, fire personnel may help direct operational activities, organize logistics, create plans, or provide public information.
Did You Know?
Over 100 different species of trees, including the Dogwood and Redbud, grow along the Natchez Trace Parkway.