Short Construction Delays Possible Near Tupelo, MS (milepost 264.4)
Repairs on a bridge will require one-lane closures of the Parkway for about 1/4 mile near Tupelo. Work is expected to be completed in fall of 2014. Please use caution due to construction traffic around the work area. 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 »
Woody Debris Reduction Projects
Contact: Shawn Nagle, 662-680-4028
The National Park Service Wildland Urban Interface Initiative (WUII) is designed to decrease wildfire hazard in areas where urban environments adjoin wildland areas. Over the past several years, there has been an accumulation of downed limbs, trees, and brush in many locations along the Natchez Trace Parkway. This material has become “hazardous fuel,” capable of supporting wildfires. Since the Parkway boundary is adjacent to non-federal lands, both developed and undeveloped, the threat of private property loss from a wildland fire is potentially great. In order to provide adequate defensible firefighting space and to aid in the prevention of wildfire, the Natchez Trace Parkway will be working to remove hazard fuels at the following locations:
From April through July, dead woody debris on the forest floor will be removed. During this time, expect to see contracting crews working in the forest along the Parkway. Gathered debris may be piled in the mowline of the Parkway while crews are working. No live vegetation will be removed.
Mechanical hazard fuel reduction is an especially important method to protect Parkway natural and cultural resources, protect adjacent private landholdings, and to provide a safe and aesthetically-pleasing environment to Parkway visitors. This project is addressed by the Parkway’s General Management and Natural Resource Management Plans.
Did You Know?
Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory when he died on the Natchez Trace in 1809, at Grinder's Stand in Tennessee. A monument was erected in his honor in 1848 and can be seen along the Natchez Trace Parkway today.