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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Announces the Fire Management Plan Environmental Assessment

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (NRRA) is accepting public comments on an updated Fire Management Plan Environmental Assessment (EA). The comment period will begin February 13, 2019, and extend through March 6, 2019.

Big South Fork NRRA proposes to update and improve the current Fire Management Plan to ensure compliance with recent changes to National Park Service (NPS) fire management guidance. Fire management policy has evolved since the last Fire Management Plan EA which was prepared in 2004. The purpose of this recent planning effort is to effectively manage fire to accomplish the following goals:

• Protect human life, communities, and resources from the adverse effects of wildfire without compromising safety
• Use fire in a manner that maintains a healthy and sustainable ecosystem
• Use prescribed fire as a tool to manage vegetation within Big South Fork NRRA boundaries, and where acceptable, across NPS boundaries to attain resource management objectives
• Integrate fire as a natural process into the park's ecosystem to the fullest extent possible
• Reduce the frequency of unplanned human-caused ignitions by implementing an aggressive fire prevention program
• Promote public understanding of fire management programs and objectives
• Manage prescribed and wildland fires in concert with federal, state, and local air quality regulations to protect the air quality of the local and adjacent air sheds

The public comment period for this EA will open on February 13, 2019, and will extend through March 6, 2019. Written comments should be postmarked no later than March 6, 2019. Comments may be submitted by mail, fax, email or through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) system.

Mail:
Superintendent
Attn: Fire Management Plan Environmental Assessment
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, Tennessee 37841

Phone: 423.569.9778; Fax: 423.569.5505

eMail: biso_superintendent@nps.gov