Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Advisory Commission; Notice of Meetings
Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act that meetings of the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Advisory Commission will be held to discuss the development of the park's general management plan.
Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Low Country Gullah Culture Special Resource Study
This notice is being published in accordance with 40 CFR 1506.6. Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 the National Park Service announces the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Low Country Gullah Culture Special Resource Study. The document describes ways that the National Park Service can assist in preserving Gullah culture (more commonly known as Geechee in Georgia and Florida) by outlining four management alternatives for consideration by Congress, and a no-action alternative. The EIS analyzes the environmental impacts of those alternatives considered for the future protection, interpretation, and management of Gullah cultural resources. There have been no substantive changes to the alternatives as presented in the Draft EIS. The study area stretches along the southeastern United States coast roughly from the Cape Fear River in North Carolina to the St. John's River in Florida and approximately 30 miles inland.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument General Management Plan
Pursuant to section 102(2) (C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and National Park Service policy in Director's Order Number 2 (Park Planning) and Director's Order Number 12 (Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-making) the National Park Service announces the availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/General Management Plan (DEIS/GMP) for the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine, Florida. The authority for publishing this notice is contained in 40 CFR 1506.6. The document provides a framework for management, use, and development options for the national monument by the National Park Service for the next 15-20 years. The document describes four management alternatives for consideration, including a no-action alternative that continues current management policies, and analyzes the environmental impacts of those alternatives. The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is located on Matanzas Bay, adjacent to the historic district of St. Augustine, Florida.
Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Revised Comprehensive Management Plan, Merced Wild and Scenic River, Yosemite National Park, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono & Tuolumne Counties, CA; Notice of Approval of Record of Decision
Pursuant to Sec. 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (Pub. L. 91-190, as amended) and the regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1505.2) and in accord with instructions of the U.S. District Courtthe Department of the Interior, National Park Service has prepared and approved a Record of Decision for the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Merced River Revised Comprehensive Management Plan, Yosemite National Park. This programmatic Plan addresses NPS stewardship of an 81 mile segment of the 122 miles of the Merced River designated as ``Wild and Scenic'' by Congress in 1987. The requisite no-action period was initiated June 24, 2005, with the Environmental Protection Agency's Federal Register notification of the filing of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS). Decision: As soon as practical the National Park Service will begin to implement the Revised Comprehensive Management Plan described as the Preferred Alternative (Alternative 2) contained in the FSEIS. This alternative was deemed to be the ``environmentally preferred'' alternative. This course of action and three alternatives (including no-action) were identified and analyzed in the Final and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements (the opportunity for public review of the latter was announced in the Federal Register on January 14, 2005). The full range of foreseeable environmental consequences were assessed, and appropriate mitigation measures have been identified. Copies: Interested parties desiring to review the Record of Decision may obtain a copy by contacting the Superintendent, Yosemite National Park, P.O. Box 577, Yosemite, California 95389; or via telephone request at (209) 372-0201.
Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision (ROD) on the Final Environmental Impact Statement/General Management Plan (FEIS/GMP) for Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Kentucky and Tennessee (National Area)
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, 83 Stat. 852, 853, codified as amended at 42 U.S.C. 4332 (2)(C), as well as National Park Service (NPS) policy in Director's Order 2 (Park Planning) and Director's Order 12 (Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision- making), the NPS announces the availability of the ROD for the FEIS/GMP for the National Area. On May 26, 2005, the Southeast Regional Director approved the ROD for the project. As soon as practicable, the NPS will begin to implement the GMP, described as the Preferred Alternative (Alternative D) in the FEIS issued on February 24, 2005. Under the preferred alternative, a total of eight management zones will be created for the National Area, each of which will be attended with particularized management prescriptions. Overall, the level of development and types of facilities proposed over the planning horizon of 15 to 20 years will remain essentially the same as currently exists. The notable exceptions include new sites in the southwest portion of the National Area where NPS has been actively acquiring land in recent years. Under Alternative D, the NPS will devote considerable effort and resources to improving the National Area's road and trail system. A principal feature of Alternative D is a roads and trails plan that sets forth the official road and trail system for the National Area. Henceforth, public use of roads and trails will only be allowed on the official system; all trails not expressly included as part of the official system will be designated as administratively closed. In addition, public use of a particular road or trail will be limited to the designated use set forth in Alternative D, with certain limited exceptions. Each road and trail in the official system will be constructed and maintained in accordance with a standard that supports the designated use(s) and also is consistent with desired resource conditions in the surrounding area, or zone. Alternative D increases the trail miles available to hikers, equestrians, and bicyclists from the levels currently maintained by the National Area. The official trail system includes trails specifically dedicated to each of these user groups, plus a larger universe of trails that are ``shared use.'' Generally speaking, designated horse trails will also be open to hikers and bicyclists, while designated bike trails will be open to both bicyclists and hikers. Specified hiking trails will also be open to bicyclists in order to provide more opportunities for this increasingly popular activity. In implementing Alternative D, the NPS will continue the use of a trail type known as ``multiple-use trail.'' In the National Area, this trail type is typically known for allowing motor vehicles, horses, hikers, and bicyclists on a single route maintained to trail rather than road standards. Under Alternative D, persons driving motor vehicles that are licensed and registered may use any multiple-use trails that will accommodate such use. All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) will generally not be permitted on any multiple-use trail, park road, or any other trail type. However, visitors will be permitted to use ATVs on multiple-use trails while actively hunting, during big game season only. Multiple-use trails will be closed to ATVs at all other times of the year. Big game season is defined for this purpose as the legal season for white-tailed deer and, in jurisdictions where they are regulated as ``big game,'' wild boar. Alternative D also provides that ATV routes for year-round general recreational use may be designated within ``planning areas'' identified for consideration of such use. The plan includes two such planning areas in the Darrow Ridge area. These planning areas will provide the opportunity to design an experimental prototype system. Under Alternative D, the route of the old O&W railroad will provide continued passenger vehicle access to the O&W bridge from the east. The route will be improved to the extent of providing safe passage. The NPS will coordinate with Scott County on the necessary improvements to achieve desired use and resource conditions. The O&W route west of North White Oak Creek has been determined to be abandoned. This portion of the route, extending to trail connections near the western boundary of the National Area, will be a trail designated for foot, horse, and bike use, as recommended by previous studies. The route will be brought to a standard suitable for the intended trail uses.
Notice of Availability of a Draft General Management Plan, Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Great Falls Park, Virginia, a Site Within George Washington Memorial Parkway
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the National Park Service announces the availability of a draft General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) for Great Falls Park, McLean, Virginia. The GMP/EIS evaluates two alternatives for the park. The document describes and analyzes the environmental impacts of one action alternative and a no-action alternative. When approved, the plan will guide management actions during the next 15-20 years. Alternatives: In Alternative A, the no action alternative, Great Falls Park would be maintained as evolved thus far. There would not be any major changes in resources management, visitor programs, or facilities beyond regular maintenance. In Alternative B, the preferred alternative, the visitor center would be rehabilitated to improve exhibits and establish an education component on resource protection; a trail management plan and climbing management plan would be developed to reduce potential damage to sensitive cultural and natural resources. One new facility would be constructed to replace existing maintenance buildings and United States Park Police (USPP) trailer that would all be removed. The new building would accommodate park staff offices (relocated from the visitor center), maintenance personnel and equipment, law enforcement staff offices, and a holding cell. The park would also construct a USPP horse stable off Jackson Lane within the park. All of the restroom facilities would be improved and expanded at current locations. Public Review: A 60-day public review period for comment on the draft document will begin after publication of this notice. In order to facilitate the review process, public reading copies of the GMP/EIS will be available for review at the following locations: Great Falls Park, Visitor Center, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, Virginia 22102; George Washington Memorial Parkway, Turkey Run Park, McLean, Virginia 22101; Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virginia 22066.