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Woody Debris Reduction Projects

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Date: April 18, 2007
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:

Project Name

Acres

State

County

Milepost

McGlamerys Stand

115

Tennessee

Wayne

351-353.4

Rhodesville

52

Alabama

Lauderdale

334-335.5

Ridgeland-Rice and Canton Rd East

50

Mississippi

Madison

103.6-104.8

 

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?

Dogwood tree along the Natchez Trace Parkway

Over 100 different species of trees, including the Dogwood and Redbud, grow along the Natchez Trace Parkway.