River Detours and Closures at the Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge
The WV Department of Highways and the Federal Highways Administration is replacing the Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge on Route 41 in the town of Prince. Construction will require temporary full river traffic closures and long term river detours. More »
Fire management policies of the National Park Service (NPS) support the park's resource management goals. The primary resource management goal is restoration or maintenance of the historic scene and the associated cultural resources, and supporting native plant communities while providing for firefighter and public safety, protection of natural and cultural resources, and human developments from unwanted wildland fire.
This fire management plan contains the following program direction:
To guide the decision-making process where safety, social, political, and resource values are evaluated, and appropriate management response strategies are identified for wildland fires.
To provide a framework for fuels management strategies through the use of prescribed fire, mechanical, and chemical treatments.
To provide a platform to cooperate more fully in planning and implementing a wildland fire program across agency boundaries.
Program operations included in the plan are preparedness, prevention, suppression, and fuels management. Applicable resource goals and objectives are derived from approved agency resource and general management plans.
The plan is organized to combine the latest scientific knowledge, including regional and local studies, with a hierarchy of policy direction from Departmental and Agency to the Federal Wildland and Prescribed Fire Management Policy (1995 & 2001), to accomplish resource and fire management goals and objectives and research into the restoration of fire into the ecosystem. The intent of the plan is primarily operational in nature.
Compliance requirements with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidelines have been satisfied through development of an environmental assessment (EA). These requirements ensure a prudent assessment and balance between a federal action and any potential effects of that action, leading to consensus between fire managers, agency resource specialists, and the public. Any constraints or limitations imposed on the fire management program are also included.
Here is the park's Fire Management Plan (1.4 Mb Acrobat File).
Draft Prescribed Fire Burn Plans:
Did You Know?
The New River Gorge was logged extensively thoughout the past century. The landscape is now recovering, with the park ecosystem returning to its more natural state, but there are still plenty of signs of the past activities.