Fire Management Plan
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
120 Chatham Lane
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
The National Park Service is proposing to enact a new Fire Management Plan at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park consisting of Wilderness, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Court House Battlefields, Chatham Manor, and the Jackson Shrine. The Park's existing Fire Management Plan is outdated, and NPS policy states that all park's with burnable vegetation are required to have an up-to-date and accurate Fire Management Plan. Five alternatives were considered for the Fire Management Plan – a no-action alternative – continuing the fire management program that currently exists without change and; one action alternative - continuing the existing program, with additional areas for prescribed fire, and non-fire, mechanical and chemical reduction fuel treatments. The NPS preferred alternative is to suppress all unscheduled ignitions using the most appropriate suppression response, and continues resource management and fuels reduction projects using mechanical treatment, chemical treatment and expands the prescribed burning program. The NPS preferred alternative would introduce prescribed fire into battlefields where prescribed fire is not currently used. The three alternatives that proposed wildland fire use, or did not allow for prescribed fire were considered but rejected because of the lack of large, uninterrupted land mass and generally small numbers of firefighters available in this Park; and the successful prescribed fire program and its resource benefits that currently exists in this Park.