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Mammoth Cave National Park Fire Management Plan 2018

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MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK News Release

Release Date: March 25, 2019
Contact: Molly Schroer, Molly_Schroer@nps.gov, 270-758-2192

Park Completes Fire Management Plan Environmental Assessment

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., March 25, 2019. Mammoth Cave National Park completed the Fire Management Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on Friday, March 15, 2019. The park coordinated with National Park Service Southeast Regional Office to address public comments received regarding the plan and consulted with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office in the completion of the FONSI document. The FONSI and final EA will be posted at parkplanning.nps.gov/MACA.

Park staff are now in the final stages of completing a new Spatial Fire Management Plan that will accompany the EA and focus on the operational details of managing fire. Fire is an essential ecological process in many eco systems, and it is critical for parks to ensure that there is a plan that describes how and when to use fire in the safest and most effective way possible. The completed plan will create a solid foundation of land and resource management planning that will set guidance on when and how to use fire and fuels management to restore or maintain a healthy ecosystem within the park.