January 20, The Murfreesboro Post
The staff at Stones River National Battlefield plans to burn about 114 acres of fields and approximately 71 acres of forested area between Jan. 27 and Feb. 7.
These prescribed burns are a part of the park’s Fire Management Plan. The areas to be burned are located in the park’s Nashville Pike Unit.
The goals of the burns are to promote the growth of native species. The fires will also recycle nutrients into the soil and help to control invasive plants. The dates and times for burning operations will be determined based on forecasted weather conditions.
Wildland firefighters from the Mississippi River Fire Management Zone and Stones River National Battlefield will manage the prescribed burns. The park’s tour road and trail system may be closed periodically during times needed to complete the burns. The visitor center will remain open.