Wildland Fire Management Plan, Katmai National Park and Preserve and Alagnak Wild River, Alaska
The National Park Service (NPS) is considering alternatives for managing wildland fires in Katmai National Park and Preserve and the Alagnak Wild River corridor. The Katmai Fire Management Plan (FMP) would serve as a detailed and comprehensive program of action to implement fire management policy principles and goals that are consistent with the areas' resource management objectives. The environmental assessment (EA) evaluates the effects of three alternatives for managing wildland fires in the park, preserve, and wild river corridor. These include the no-action alternative that continues full suppression of all wildland fires using techniques appropriate for various locations, a second that uses wildland fires to restore and maintain natural conditions in the bulk of the areas with mechanical removal of flammable vegetation from around structures and sensitive cultural sites, and a third that uses wildland fire and mechanical removal techniques plus prescribed fire in selected locations to reduce hazardous vegetative fuel loads to protect human life, property, and park resources from the effects of unwanted fire. The third alternative is the NPS preferred alternative.
12/03/2012 - 02/01/2013