Fire is an important part of most ecosystems; however, unmanaged fire can cause catastrophic loss of habitat, homes, and even lives. In order to preserve the benefits of fire while reducing the drawbacks, the Natchez Trace Parkway has an active fire management program. The Fire Management Division has four primary areas of responsibility:
Fuels Management (prescribed burning and mechanical fuel reduction)
Fire Ecology (the science of fire)
Fire Suppression (extinguishing wildfires)
and Fire Education (public outreach)
All fire personnel at the Natchez Trace Parkway are also qualified to respond to emergency assignments throughout the nation.
Did You Know?
The double arch bridge at milepost 438 on the Natchez Trace Parkway was completed in 1994 and received the Presidential Award for Design Excellence in 1995 for its innovative design. The bridge rises 155 feet above the valley and eliminates the need for spandrel columns.