2017 Plan Update Available for Public Comment
The National Park Service (NPS) released a Fire Management Plan (FMP) & Environmental Assessment (2005 EA) for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in 2005 and implemented a prescribed fire program that same year. The FMP describes wildfire management strategies, fuels treatment, budgetary parameters, and the fire critique process. In the decision document, the 2005 Finding of No Significant Impact (2005 FONSI), the NPS selected Alternative 4: Integrated Program. Under the Integrated Program, all wildfire and unplanned fires are suppressed as soon as possible. However, prescribed fire and mechanical methods (cutting) are used to restore fire-adapted habitats and to reduce hazard fuel accumulations.
This document updates the 2005 FMP replacing Appendix E. It lays the groundwork for restoring fire-adapted habitats, reducing hazard fuel accumulations, and restoring the Park's pine plantations to more diverse forested habitats. Because controlling invasive plants is part of nearly every effort to restore habitats, this document also contains information from the Great Lakes Invasive Plant Management Plan/Environmental Assessment (Invasive Management Plan) (NPS 2012) on the use of herbicides. It also includes information on tilling, seeding, and planting as these activities are often necessary to increase the biodiversity of sites. Because this document is broader in scope than the 2005 Plan, it has been renamed Appendix E: 2017 Long-term Restoration & Hazard Fuel Reduction Plan.
Contact Information: Scott Weyenberg, 715-483-2285, email
Last updated: April 30, 2019