Canaveral National Seashore - - Titusville, Florida - Press Release
Canaveral National Seashore - Titusville Florida
Headquarters: 308 Julia Street, Titusville, Florida 32796 -- (321) 267-1110
Information Center: 7611 South Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 -- (386) 428-3384



PRESS RELEASE



April 3, 2006

Canaveral National Seashore Proposes Construction
of a Firebreak South of Oak Hill

Canaveral National Seashore is proposing construction of a firebreak along its northern boundary in the Bills Hill area south of Oak Hill. The break is needed to protect private dwellings near the park boundary and the community of Oak Hill from wildfire.

Much of the park land in Bills Hill consists of heavily overgrown scrubby flatwoods. Lightning strikes are a common occurrence during the summer and could ignite the vegetation, causing a wildfire. A defendable firebreak is needed along the boundary to prevent wildland fire from escaping park lands and threatening adjacent properties. This firebreak would also allow the park to consider the use of prescribed burning in the Fire Management Plan which would reduce hazardous fuel loads and would improve habitat for several federally-protected animal species.

The firebreak would be 2.2 miles long and 50 feet wide, just inside the park boundary. Twenty feet of the width would be cut down to mineral soil, and 30 feet of vegetation chopped to ground level.

Canaveral National Seashore is welcoming comment on this proposal. This project along with information regarding the process for the park's Fire Management Plan can be viewed on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. Comments may also be mailed to the superintendent of Canaveral National Seashore at 308 Julia Street, Titusville, Florida 32796 or e-mailed to CANA_Superintendent@nps.gov.

Comments must be received by May 5, 2006. If no substantive comments are received, the park will proceed with a Categorical Exclusion and implement the firebreak.


CONTACT: John Stiner at (321) 267-1110 Ext. 14







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