July 13, 2016
Contact: Brian K. McCutchen
Fort Donelson National Battlefield is in the process of updating the park fire management plan . The current plan does not include evaluation of fire management activities within the approximately 470 acres that have been added to the park since the plan's last update in 2003. In addition, the plan needs to be updated to meet current National Park Service policy. An Environmental Assessment will be prepared along with the fire management plan to analyze the effects of the fire management activities on the human environment and provide an opportunity for public input in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).
Two alternatives will be evaluated in the EA: No Action Alternative: Under this alternative the park would maintain the status quo with regard to current fire management strategies/tools at the National Battlefield, per the 2003 Fire Management Plan. The fire management strategies/tools used includes suppressin g all wildfires, mechanical/manual work along three sections of the National Battlefield perimeter that border private residences to reduce hazardous fuels and maintain fuel breaks, and mowing to maintain open park - like conditions. Proposed Action Alternative: The fire management plan would be updated to allow for all of the actions under Alternative A, and would add prescribed burning, limited mastication (wheeled or tracked equipment) and/or manual thinning for fuelbreaks and defensible space and ecological restoration, herbicide treatment to aid in maintenance of fuelbreaks and defensible space, and prescribed pile burning of slash material. During this public scoping period, before the preparation of the EA, the park is seeking public thoughts concerning this update of the fire management plan.
An open house - format public scoping meeting will be held on August 3, 2016, from 5:00pm –7:00pm at the Stewart County Visitor Center, 117 Visitors Center Lane, Dover, Tennessee .
Comments can be submitted online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/fodo . If you prefer to submit a written response, please do so at: Superintendent, Fort Donelson National Battle field, Attn: Fire Management Plan, PO Box 434, 174 National Cemetery Drive, Dover, TN 37058.
EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA ™The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. Please submit your comments by August 20, 2016 . Please note that before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask that your personally identifiable information be withheld from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. It is anticipated that the draft EA will be available for public review in early spring. A public meeting will be held during the public review period to receive additional comments. Questions concerning this project can be addressed to the superintendent at the address above or by connecting with Chief of Heritage Preservation and Maintenance, David Hamby at 931 - 232 - 0830. --
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