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?
Skyline Drive, the only public road through Shenandoah National Park, rides the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 105 miles through the park, then joins the Blue Ridge Parkway which connects Shenandoah to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC.