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


July 20, 2006


Wildland Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review

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

The superintendent of Canaveral National Seashore announces the availability of the draft Wildland Fire Management Plan (FMP) and accompanying Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review. National Park Service policy requires all park units with burnable acres to have a current FMP that meets Department of the Interior standards. The importance of this plan was made especially clear during Florida's devastating fires of 1998 and drought of 2006.

The FMP is a comprehensive document that addresses how the park will implement fire prevention measures, respond to wildland fires and address the management tool of prescribed fire use.

The EA analyzes two primary alternatives: (1) maintain the current program of prescribed and limited wildland fire use to reduce hazardous fuels, protect adjacent communities and improve habitat for state and federally protected species and (2) increase prescribed fire use by adding burn units in the Apollo District, eliminate wildland fire use and implement a five-year fuels treatment plan. The second alternative is the one preferred by the National Park Service.

The draft FMP and EA can be viewed on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. Copies can also be reviewed at the Oak Hill, Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach and Titusville public libraries and Seashore headquarters.

Comments may be addressed to:

Superintendent
Canaveral National Seashore
308 Julia Street
Titusville, Florida 32796
Or via electronic mail to: CANA_Superintendent@nps.gov

Comments must be received by August 21, 2006.







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