Vicksburg National Military Park Restoration
March 16, 2012
Filed under Camping News
In 2009, Vicksburg National Military Park’s Cultural Landscape Plan and Environmental Assessment received the green light to restore the historic park by removing woodland cover, maintenance of the landscape and making the park more visually accessible to visitors.
On May 18, 1863, General Ulysses S. Grant attempted to take over Vicksburg, Miss. The area continued to be plagued with casualties until the battle’s end on July 4, 1863 when Vicksburg surrendered to the Union. This memorable Civil War event where the Confederacy was split in half earned Grant the title of General-in-Chief of the Union armies. Today, Vicksburg National Military Park includes three hiking trails varying from beginner to challenging; all provide accurate depictions of what the wooded lands of Vicksburg were like for soldiers during the war. For summer visitors, the park also provides a live rendition of Civil War history with rangers and volunteers demonstrating rifle and artillery drills.
The park’s restoration project is pivotal since the park offers so many opportunities for visitors to experience the Civil War. The park’s hope is that with the removal of unnecessary woodland and maintenance of existing landscape, additional interpretive exhibits and devices to support visitor understanding of the events of 1863 will be constructed. The restoration will also include erosion-control measures; implementation of Best Management Practices throughout the project; monitoring wildlife, plants water quality and landscape; and ongoing landscape assessment to determine if additional restoration is needed on the land once the project finishes.
The restoration project, initially planned for November 2011, has been pushed to begin in March 2012 due to unfavorable ground conditions and wet weather.