National Park fire officials are planning four prescribed burns at Appomattox Court House National Historic Park during the month of March. The ignition of a prescribed burn is dependent on favorable weather conditions and, due to weather uncertainty, it is not possible to predict the exact dates of each burn.
Weather also plays a role in the level of smoke produced by prescribed burns, so there is potential for smoke along Highway 24 within the park boundaries. Be aware of potential smoke during the latter part of March when traveling in the park. Park trails near the burn units will be closed on the day of the burn. The park will announce the exact dates on its Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/AppomattoxNPS.
Prescribed fires are ignited by fire managers under a set of predetermined conditions, including weather, fuel moisture, and resource availability. Prescribed burning is used to reduce the encroachment of woody vegetation, improve the health and vigor of native grasses, and promote the growth of native wildflowers. The following burns are planned for this year:
• Village Land Unit: This four-acre field is located on the north side of the historic village located along Tibbs Trail. The field was last burned in 2019.
• Ferguson Field: This 25 acre field is located near the Joel Sweeney Cemetery. The field is circled by the Ferguson Wildlife Trail. The field was last burned in 2019.
• Upper Nash Field: This 14-acre field, located along the park’s Gordon Drive, is crossed by the Tibbs Trail. This field was last burned in 2013.
• Scott Field: This 16-acre field is located along Gordon Parkway across from Upper Nash Field.
All prescribed burns will be conducted as inter-agency projects, with local support, under the direction and direction of trained and experienced National Park Service personnel. Specific questions about prescribed burns should be directed to Brian Eick at 434-352-8987, ext. 228.
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