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Contact: Bryan Gorsira, 703-754-1861 ext.1109
The Manassas National Battlefield Park, a unit of the National Park Service (NPS), made available for public review today the Manassas National Battlefield Park Fire Management Plan/Environmental Assessment (EA).The EA evaluates management options for the update of the Fire Management Plan.
This EA describes three alternatives for the Fire Management Plan update for Manassas National Battlefield Park (Manassas) as well as the environment that would be affected by the alternatives and the environmental consequences of implementing these alternatives. The NPS has identified "Alternative 2:Prescribed Fire, Fire Suppression, and Mechanical and Chemical Fuels Management" as the preferred alternative. Under this alternative, prescribed fire, mechanical, and chemical methods would be used where and when appropriate to manage fuels, promote biodiversity and ecosystem health, and maintain and/or restore historic landscapes. Specific areas where these treatments could be used would be identified. The 45-day comment period for this project will begin on December 5, 2014, and conclude on January 19, 2015.
The EA considered potential impacts to the natural and manmade environments including: soils, vegetation, water resources, wildlife and habitat, air quality, visitor use and experience, park management and operations, public health and safety, and cultural resources. The EA can be downloaded or comments submitted online at:
https://parkplanning.nps.gov/MANA (Click on "Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment")
Written comments and requests for single printed copies of the EA (a limited number are available) can be sent to:
Manassas National Battlefield Park Headquarters
Attn: Fire Management Plan EA
12521 Lee Highway
Manassas, VA 20109
Comments may also be submitted to the above address.Comments must be received by January 19, 2015.Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment –including your personal identifying information –may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Bryan Gorsira (703) 754-1861 Ext. 1109