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Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway

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Date: January 3, 2007

The Natchez Trace Parkway has released its prescribed fire (controlled burning) schedule for 2007. From January through June, 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

Trace East-South

232.8-236.7

Fall Hallow

391.9

HWY 15 Access Island

214.4

ML Hiking Trails North

385.9

HWY 82 NE Access Island

204.4

Old Trace Drive

375.8-377.6

HWY 82 SE Access Island

204.3

Misc. Cherokee Lease Tracts

Cherokee Ranger District

HWY 9 Access Island

195.3

Needs Center

265.1-266.5

HWY 12 NE Access Island

165.7

Tockshish Pullout

249.6

HWY 12 SW Access Island

165.4

Trace West-North

243.2- 245.9

Rocky Springs Campground

54.0-55.0

Chickasaw Agency Pullout

241.4

Port Gibson Kudzu

37.4-38.0

 

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.

Did You Know?

The Tennessee River along the Natchez Trace Parkway

George Colbert operated a stand and ferry to cross the Tennessee River and is rumored to have charged Andrew Jackson $75,000 to ferry his army across the river.