Record of Decision for the General Management Plan for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, GA
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the General Management Plan, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Georgia. On December 15, 2009, the Regional Director, Southeast Region, approved the ROD for the project. As soon as practicable, the NPS will begin to implement the Preferred Alternative contained in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) issued on November 13, 2009. Six alternatives were evaluated in the EIS These include: Alternative A, No Action Continue Current Management; Alternative B, Focus on Solitudeimplements management programs to minimize development in the park and maximize the opportunity for visitors to experience solitude in natural settings; Alternative CVisitors would be drawn toward a system of relatively developed hubs in which administrative and interpretive facilities are located; Alternative DExpanding and distributing access throughout the park, including newly acquired parcels to provide diverse types of visitor experiences; Alternative ETakes some features of Alternatives C and D and provides expanded access to the park while at the same time maintaining substantial acreage with less ``hardened'' forms of access such as paved parking areas, roads, and other structures; and Alternative F, the preferred alternativeIncreases opportunities for the park to expand use to local visitors and increase connectivity to neighboring communities through trail linkages, partnering, and expanded interpretive, education and outreach activities.
Repair Kalaupapa Dock Structure: Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii; Notice of Termination of an Environmental Impact Statement
The NPS is terminating an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as previously noticed in the Federal Register on April 17, 2009, for repair of the dock structure at Kalaupapa National Historical Park. It has become apparent that an EIS will not be necessary due to reduced scope of the proposed actions such that there is no potential for significant impacts nor controversy surrounding the proposal. Coincident with this termination notice, the NPS is hereby announcing preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA will describe two alternatives remaining for consideration, including a no-action alternative, and will analyze potential environmental consequences of the proposed dock repairs, including minor to moderate effects on water quality, benthic resources, coral and essential fish habitats, species protected under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, historic resources, cultural landscape, ethnographic resources, and park operations. Measures to minimize harm will be included, and an ``environmentally preferred'' alternative identified.