Contact: Karen Beck-Herzog
Shenandoah National Park Plans Prescribed Burns
Superintendent Chas Cartwright announced that, weather permitting, the National Park Service will initiate several prescribed burns in Shenandoah National Park this year. Due to the uncertainty of the weather, it is not possible to predict the exact dates.
Prescribed fires are fires ignited on purpose by managers under a pre-determined set of conditions, called a prescription, in order to accomplish specific resource management objectives. The prescription includes weather, fuel moisture, and resource availability parameters. The following burns are planned for this year:
All prescribed burns will be interagency projects, with local support, under the guidance and direction of trained and experienced National Park Service personnel.
Did You Know?
Skyland was established by the owners of a bankrupt copper mining company as an attempt to recoup their financial losses. Copper was originally mined at Stony Man and charcoal to fuel the smelter was made on the lower terrace where the conference hall stands today.