Fuel Break Maintenance at Sandburg Home
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site created a fuel break (sometimes referred to as a fire break) in the spring of 2005, within the park’s south boundary, adjacent to the Kenmure community. This was done in compliance with the Park’s Fire Management Plan for the purpose of protecting both Kenmure residents and the Park from the spread of wildfire should it occur either in park woodlands or on Kenmure properties. Since the initial clearing of forest fuels (shrubs, small trees, and woody debris), new growth has begun to fill in the fuel break. It is important to keep this area cleared. During the next two months, Park staff will be performing maintenance activities within the .83 mile stretch of fuel break. The work includes mechanical removal and chemical treatment of the unwanted vegetation.
During this time, visitors hiking Memminger Trail (west side) and Glassy Trail may encounter a Park vehicle hauling water and equipment to and from the work site. Access to the fuel break will be from Glassy Trail, near the top, where the trail meets the Kenmure boundary. Vehicles will yield to hikers, but please exercise additional caution by keeping your small children and pets at your side.
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 225 on Little River Road. The park is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily, except Christmas Day. For further information, please telephone 828-693-4178, or visit our website at www.nps.gov/carl.
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