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New Fire Management Plan Proposed

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Date: December 20, 2017

Public Review Period Now Open for New Fire Management Plan Proposed
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Fort Donelson National Battlefield
174 National Cemetery Dr.
Dover, TN 37058
931-232-5348 phone 931-232-6331 fax

Fort Donelson National Battlefield is in the process of updating the park fire management plan. The purpose of a revision is to add the use of additional fire management tools/strategies not incorporated into the 2003 Fire Management Plan.

Additionally, the current, decade and a half old plan does not include evaluation of fire management activities within the almost 500 acres that have been added to the park in Stewart County, Tennessee, and Calloway County, Kentucky, since 2003. A draft environmental assessment is being 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) and the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106).

Superintendent Brian McCutchen explains, “National Park Service Policy requires the park to have an updated and approved fire management plan before changes can be made to the way the park manages wildland fires, and public input is an important part of this process.”

Two alternatives are being evaluated in the draft environmental assessment:
Alternative A, the No Action Alternative would continue using the current fire management strategies/tools at the National Battlefield per the 2003 Fire Management Plan. The fire management strategies/tools used includes suppressing all wildfires, mechanical/manual work along three sections of the National Battlefield perimeter that borders private residences to reduce hazardous fuels and maintain fuel breaks, and mowing to maintain open park-like conditions.
Alternative B, Proposed Action includes 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.

A 30 day public review period for the draft environmental assessment opens Wednesday, December 20, 2017. All comments must be submitted by Friday, January 19, 2018, and cannot be received via email.

Viewing of the Draft Environmental Assessment, and the ability to make comments can be conducted online at Both the Stewart County Visitor Center and the Stewart County Library will have reference copies of the document available.
Those preferring to submit a written response can do so at: Superintendent Fort Donelson National Battlefield Attn: Fire Management Plan, PO Box 434, 174 National Cemetery Drive, Dover, Tennessee 37058 All should be aware that before including a personal address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in your comment, that the entire comment may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals can ask that their personally identifiable information be withheld from public review, it cannot be guaranteed that it will be.

Questions concerning this project can be addressed to Park Superintendent Brian McCutchen at the address above, or by telephone at 931-232-0829. 

Last updated: December 20, 2017

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