In September 2012, managers at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park implemented a growing season prescribed fire project with the goal of restoring resiliency to a Civil War battlefield--a treasured landscape--while simultaneously restoring its cultural character and condition.
In the Mid-Atlantic region, prescribed burning has historically been conducted during dormant season from late winter to early spring because fuels are readily available, weather conditions are typically predictable, and impacts to nesting birds and other wildlife are minimized. However, spring burning is often difficult because of a lack of local resources due to wildfires and competing prescribed fire projects throughout the region. Recent research indicates that burns in the growing season do not affect bird populations more than burns at other times of the year. As a result, prescribed fire managers have opted to add growing season periods to implement prescribed fire projects.