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Controlled Burning Along the Natchez Trace Parkway, 2008

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Date: December 19, 2007
Contact: Shawn K. Nagle, (662) 680-4028

The Natchez Trace Parkway has released its prescribed fire (controlled burning) schedule for 2007-2008.  From November 2007 through June 2008, prescribed fire operations will be conducted at various locations along the Parkway (See table below).

Prescribed Fire Name

Milepost

 

Prescribed Fire

Name

Milepost

Big Tree Vista

439.4

Tockshish

249.5-

250.0

MP 404 Burn Pile

 

404.4

Trace East-North

(Trace East)

243.2- 245.9

Fall Hallow

 

391.9

Chickasaw Agency

240.9-

241.6

ML Hiking Trails

South

385.8-

386.9

Trace West-South (Witchdance West)

232.8-

236.7

MP 386 Burn Pile

385.6

MP 231 Burn Pile

231.2

Collinwood West

355.1-

358.0

MP 219 Burn Pile

219.1

Woodlawn East 

354.7-

358.0

Holly Hill

154.3-

154.6

MP 334 Burn Pile

334.0

MP 148 Burn Pile

148.4

Cherokee Lease Tracts

310.1-

310.6

Myrick Creek

145.1-

145.3

MP 309 Burn Pile

309.5

River Bend

122.5-

123.0

Tishomingo State Park

303.6-

304.9

MP 120 Burn Pile

119.5

Donivan Slough   

283.1-

283.3

Rocks Road

118.2-

120.8

HWY 371 Access Island

282.1-

282.6

Fish Farm

117.4-

120.8

HWY 363 Access Island

270.6-

270.9

Turcotte Lab

114.8-

117.4

Confederate Gravesite Pullout

269.3-

269.6

HWY 43 Access

Island

114.7-

115.0

MP 266 Burn Pile

266.2

Brown’s Landing

114.0-

114.8

Needs Center

265.1- 266.7

Rocky Springs Burn

Pile

54.8

Headquarters East

265.5- 266.5

Kudzu Patch

37.3-

38.0

Headquarters West

265.5-

266.4

MP 18

18.6-

20.0

Chickasaw Village

261.4-

262.0

MP 17

16.8-

18.6

Blackbelt Overlook

252.3-

252.4

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 the 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.

Did You Know?

Double arch bridge at mile post 438 on the Natchez Trace Parkway

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.