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Final Plan/EIS for Protecting and Restoring Native Ecosystems by Managing Non-native Ungulates

The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce the release of the Final Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (plan/FEIS) for Protecting and Restoring Native Ecosystems by Managing Non-native Ungulates at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The plan/FEIS analyzes five alternative strategies for managing non-native ungulates to support long-term ecosystem protection; promote recovery and restoration of native vegetation and other natural resources; and protect and preserve cultural resources.

A draft Plan/EIS was available for public and agency review and comment from November 19, 2011 through January 20, 2012. Three public meetings were held during this comment period to gather input on the draft plan/EIS. Copies of the document were distributed to individuals, agencies, organizations, and local libraries. The document was also available online.

The final plan/EIS responds to, and incorporates as appropriate, agency and public comments received on the draft plan/EIS. NPS responses to substantive agency and public comments are provided as Appendix E of the plan/FEIS.

The NPS will make the final plan and environmental impact statement available for public inspection for 30 days before the Regional Director of the NPS's Pacific West Region signs a Record of Decision (ROD). The ROD will document approval of the plan/FEIS and identify the selected alternative for implementation. Once signed, the ROD will be posted on this site, and interested parties will be notified of its availability.

For additional information, please contact Rhonda Loh, Chief of Natural Resources Management, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, (808) 985-6098.
 
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