Zion National Park to begin post-fire rehabilitation
- Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth said the completion
of the Post-Fire Aerial Application of Herbicide Environmental Assessment and the signing of the Finding of No Significant Impact by the National Park Service Intermountain Regional Director have been completed.The park will begin the aerial application of herbicide on the area burned
in the Dakota Hill Complex Fire after Oct. 21.
The project is expected to last up to three weeks, depending on weather. The aerial
application of herbicide on up to 3,161 acres within the park is intended to interrupt the grass-fire cycle that is perpetuated by cheatgrass, a non-native, highly flammable grass.
Because of the remote and rough terrain in the burn area, helicopter application of the herbicide will be used. If conditions allow -- weather and plant growth -- portions of the area burned in the 2006 Kolob fire will also be sprayed.
During the project, portions of the backcountry will be closed to visitor use. Closures will affect routes and trails accessed from the West Rim Trail. Check at the visitor center or the park Web site www.nps.gov/zion for the most current information.
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