Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland and Virginia, 6040 [2016-02109]

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 23 (Thursday, February 4, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Page 6040]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-02109]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-NER-ASIS-19041; PPNEASIS00-PMP00UP05.YP0000]


Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, 
Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland and Virginia

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

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SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of 
a Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft 
GMP/EIS) for Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland and 
Virginia.

DATES: The NPS will accept comments on the Draft GMP/EIS for a period 
of 90 days following publication of the Environmental Protection 
Agency's Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The National 
Park Service will hold public information sessions during the public 
review period to provide general information and answer questions. 
Meeting dates, times and locations will be announced in local media in 
advance of the meeting dates.

ADDRESSES: The Draft GMP/EIS will be available for public review and 
comment online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/asis, and in hardcopy at 
the office of the Superintendent, Assateague Island National Seashore, 
7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD 21811, (410) 629-6090. Copies 
may also be viewed at area public libraries including Worcester County, 
Ocean City, Berlin, Pocomoke and Wicomico (Salisbury) in Maryland and 
Eastern Shore (Accomac) and Chincoteague Island in Virginia. Comments 
may be submitted electronically at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/asis. 
You may also mail written comments to: Superintendent, Assateague 
Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD 
21811, Attn: GMP Comments.
    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--might be made publicly available at any time. While you 
can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969, the National Park Service is preparing a Draft 
General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GMP/EIS) 
for Assateague Island National Seashore (Seashore) to replace the 1982 
GMP which does not adequately address the issues facing the Seashore 
today. Once approved, the GMP will guide and direct management 
strategies for the future that support the protection of outstanding 
Mid-Atlantic coastal resources of Assateague Island and its adjacent 
waters and the natural processes upon which they depend and the 
provision of high quality, resource-compatible recreational 
experiences.
    The Draft GMP/EIS evaluates the continuation of current management 
(no action alternative) and three action alternatives with particular 
emphasis on how the park may respond to climate change and sea level 
rise and analyzes the environmental consequences of implementing any of 
the alternatives.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Darden, Superintendent, 
Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, 
Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 629-6090.

    Dated: August 27, 2015.
Michael A. Caldwell,
Regional Director, Northeast Region, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-02109 Filed 2-3-16; 8:45 am]
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