Shenandoah National Park plans controlled burn

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park officials plan to burn about 88 acres at Big Meadows sometime between Monday and April 15. The actual date will depend on the weather, according to a park news release.

“A portion of Big Meadows (mile 51 on Skyline Drive), the open area across from Byrd Visitor Center, is burned each year for the purpose of maintaining the open vista by preventing encroachment from small trees and shrubs,” a park news release states.

“Prescribed burns are ignited by fire managers under a pre-determined set of conditions, including temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction, fuel moisture and resource availability. Prescribed burns will be conducted as interagency projects, with local support, under the guidance and direction of trained and experienced National Park Service personnel.”

Fire managers expect the project will take one day to complete. Smoke will be visible that day in the surrounding area.

All park facilities will remain open during the burn, but access to Big Meadows will be restricted.

SNP host the annual Sky Festival coinciding with Perseid shower

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

The Shenandoah National Park (SNP) announced the annual Night Sky Festival starts August 11.

There will be several speakers in various locations at the event this year.

Two of the guest speakers include NASA’s veteran astronaut and space scientist Tom Jones and Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern who will offer instruction and demonstrations on night sky watching.

Demonstrations will be offered at Dickey Ridge, Mathews Arm Campground, Skyland, Byrd Visitor Center and Big Meadows.

A schedule of events starting August 11 and lasting through August 13 is found here.

This weekend should be an extremely exciting one as the Perseid Meteor Shower is expected to peak on August 12.

According to Space.com we could see as many as 150 to 200 meteors an hour.

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SNP is fee free on Thur. 11/11 offering a Healing Waters Fly Fishing Project

On Veterans Day Thursday Nov. 11 the Shenandoah National Park (SNP) will be fee free according to their social media post.

The SNP with Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc. which supports disabled military personnel and Veterans will also hold special presentations on that date as well.

Fly fishing casting demonstrations will be held on the lawn of the Byrd Visitor Center at mile maker 51 on the Skyline Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Tables inside the Byrd Visitor Center will have information on Fly Fishing Inc. and their effort to support our Veterans and include fly fishing information as well.

The project is free and open to the public as the park is also fee free that day as well.

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