Dover, TN: The arrival of summer also heralds the removal of trees identified as potentially hazardous in tourist-prone areas of the 1,067 acres that comprise the Fort Donelson National Battlefield.
With units in Stewart County in Tennessee and and Calloway County in Kentucky, the heavily forested park keeps arborist Ronnie Hicks and staff busy with regular inspections of trees determined to be in questionable health or stability. Trees identified as hazardous, especially those along roadways, earthworks, cannon, or other tourist-heavy areas are removed systematically, based upon severity of danger to humans and resources.
According to Fort Donelson Park Arborist Hicks,“We have a number of trees that have been identified as a potential danger and need to be removed for safety reasons.
”In speaking in regard to preservation and safety, Park Ranger McCutchen said, “We are pleased with the interest and support that visitors to the battlefield have and will take great efforts to improve visitor and resource safety while at the same time minimize any inconvenience to their visit.
Beginning the week of July 7, Fort Donelson crews will begin removal of selected trees along the tour road leading to the Confederate fort and water batteries of the main park unit. Felling of trees will be done early in the mornings to minimize inconvenience to walkers and tourists in vehicles that venture into the rural landscape daily.