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  • No Parking Available in the Eastern Front Unit August 2

    Free shuttle service will transport all visitors to and from the Eastern Front Unit on August 2 during 150th Anniv. of the Battle of the Crater events. Shuttles will depart from the Farmer's Market located at 9 Old St. in Old Towne Petersburg.

  • Eastern Front Unit Trails Closed to Horse Traffic on August 2

    Those who would like to ride horses at the park on Aug. 2 are encouraged to use the trails at Five Forks in Dinwiddie County as other trails will be closed to horses that day while the park commemorates the 150th Anniv. of the Battle of the Crater.

Environmental Factors

Petersburg Employee Contains a Fuel Spill as it Comes into the Park

Petersburg Employee Contains a Fuel Spill as it Comes into the Park

(NPS Photo)

Petersburg National Battlefield’s natural resources are affected, every single day, by natural and unnatural processes and factors. Natural events have the ability to change the park’s landscape overnight.

Weather events, such as ice storms, tornados, hurricanes, and heavy rain, play a major role in shaping the landscape of Petersburg National Battlefield. In 1998, a significant ice storm occurred, bringing trees down throughout the park. In 2003, Hurricane Isabel came through the park, bringing strong winds. This storm tore down hundreds of trees, creating months of cleanup efforts for park employees. These weather events also have cultural resource significance. Oftentimes the trees that are uprooted tear up earthworks, causing irreplaceable damage.

Like most parks in the nation, Petersburg National Battlefield must contend with many environmental problems.

Being in a relatively undeveloped state, the battlefield has the opportunity to serve as both an indicator of environmental problems and a catalyst for future environmental change. Thus, it is important to face the environmental challenges that are present in the park with a concerted effort. Just as imperative, Petersburg National Battlefield must work with the surrounding communities and government and local entities to improve environmental conditions for the region. In doing this, the larger goal of preserving the environment can be met.

The park’s challenges include protecting water and noise quality, dealing with the spread of urban development, identifying and removing invasive/exotic species, and combating erosion (among numerous others).

Did You Know?

Brig. General Frederick Winthrop

Union Brevet Brigadier General Frederick Winthrop was Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor John Winthrop's sixth great-grandson. Winthrop was mortally wounded at the Battle of Five Forks on April 1, 1865. (Petersburg National Battlefield)