Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Fire Management Plan
In 2004 Zion National Park completed its Fire Management Plan (FMP) and associated National Environmental Policy Act compliance. This plan was finalized with the signing of the FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) by agency officials. This plan provides strategies for the management of wildland and prescribed fires, and hazardous fuel reduction while putting its highest priority on protecting life and property. The plan is an update/revision of the park’s 1993 Fire Management Plan.
The FMP will continue to allow Zion to counter the effects caused by past fire exclusion, and perpetuate fire in fire-dependent ecosystems while protecting life, property and park resources from unwanted fire. The FMP will expand opportunities for using fire to meet resource objectives under a multi-year treatment schedule, and improve fuel reduction treatments to enhance defensibility around developments, private lands and other resources at risk. The FMP will improve the management of fire on an ecosystem level by further integrating park lands with adjacent areas, and incorporating the plans, resources and risks associated with other jurisdictions at the private, county, State, regional and federal levels.