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Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway 2011

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Date: September 22, 2010
Contact: Shawn K. Nagle, 662-680-4028

 

The Natchez Trace Parkway has released its prescribed fire (controlled burning) schedule for 2010-2011.  From October 2010 through June 2011, prescribed fire operations will be conducted at various locations along the Parkway (See table below).

 

Prescribed Fire Name

Milepost

 

Prescribed Fire

Name

Milepost

MP 404 Burn Pile

 

404.4

Meriwether Lewis Hiking Trails North

385.9

MP 386 Burn Pile

385.6

Old Trace Drive

375.8-377.6

MP 334 Burn Pile

334.0

MP 309 Burn Pile

309.5

Pharr Mounds

287.0-286.5

HWY 371

282.6-282.1

3C-2 Lease Tract

266.9

Needs Center

266.7-265.1

Headquarters East

266.5- 265.5

Headquarters West

266.4-265.5

MP 266 Burn Pile

266.2

Blackbelt Overlook

252.4-251.7

Chickasaw Council House

251.7-251.0

Blackbelt Restoration East

250.9-250.0

Blackbelt Restoration West

250.9-250.0

Trace West-North

245.9- 243.2

Trace West-South

236.7-232.8

MP 231 Burn Pile

231.2

MP 219 Burn Pile

219.1

HWY 82

204.4-204.3

HWY 9

195.3

Little Mountain

193.3-192.9

HWY 12

165.7-165.4

Kosciusko Wetland

159.2

Holly Hill Wetland

154.0

MP 148 Burn Pile

148.4

Riverbend

123.0-122.5

MP 120 Burn Pile

119.5

Brown's Landing

114.8- 114.0

Airport Road

83.3- 82.5

Rocky Springs Campground South

55.0-54.0

Rocky Springs Burn Pile

54.8

MP 17 Burn Pile

17.0

 

 



Prescribed fire is a useful and cost effective tool for managing the forests and grasslands that encompass the Parkway. The benefits of using prescribed fire include reducing the buildup of dead woody material, decreasing the risk of catastrophic wildfire, perpetuating fire dependent vegetation, reducing exotic vegetation, providing habitat and forage for animals, and restoring the natural role of fire in a healthy ecosystem.   

 

During prescribed fire operations, smoke warning signs will be placed along the Parkway as a precaution. Motorists should travel at a safe speed with headlights on when smoke is visible. Please be aware of park rangers, firefighting personnel, and equipment along the roadway and mowline. If visibility falls below 500 feet, the Parkway may be temporarily closed until smoke has cleared.

 

Some smoke may be visible for several days after initial prescribed fire operations have ended.

 

The Parkway has been utilizing prescribed fire since 1992. Direction to utilize prescribed fire to achieve goals and objectives comes from the Parkway's Resource Management and Fire Management Plan. The Federal Wildland Fire Policy of 2001 recommends that federal land management agencies within fire dependent communities continue to reintroduce and maintain fire as part of the ecosystem.

 

For more information about the Natchez Trace Parkway Fire Management Division, please visit:

http://www.nps.gov/natr/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm

 

-NPS-

Did You Know?

Emblem of the Daughters of the American Revolution

The Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) played a vital role in the preservation of the Natchez Trace by placing markers in each Mississippi county the old trace passed through.