Fire in Shenandoah
Meanwhile, the residents who were living on the land that would become the park were still intent on their annual burning of the blueberry bushes and meadows where their cattle grazed. The knew that fire helps many plants regenerate and keeps unwanted plants from taking over graze land.
Today, national park managers know that both the CCC and the residents were doing the right thing. Unwanted fires caused by lightning or people are inevitable, so the role of Fire Professionals today is to plan for and prevent conditions under which fires can threaten public safety, devastate property, or damage natural and cultural resources. Their role is also to help restore and maintain natural and cultural landscaping using fire as an effective management tool.
Did You Know?
Although it is native to the Blue Ridge Mountains, much of the beautiful mountain laurel you see blooming along Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive in June was planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. More...