Finding of No Significant Impact - Death Valley Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan
The National Park Service has selected a modification of Alternative D - Focused Action for implementation, as described in the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) available for download on this page. The selected alternative achieves the greatest protection for park resources, including wilderness character, while addressing important concerns regarding visitor use and socio-economic impact to the region.
Based on the analysis in the Death Valley Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan Environmental Assessment (EA), and with due consideration for the public scoping and EA review comments, the National Park Service has determined that the selected alternative does not constitute an action that would normally require the preparation of an environmental impact statement. The selected alternative will not have significant impacts on public health, safety, threatened or endangered species, sites or districts listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, or other unique characteristics of the region. No highly uncertain or controversial impacts, unique or unknown risks, significant cumulative effects, or elements of precedence were identified. Implementation of the selected alternative will not violate any federal, state, or local environmental law. Based on this analysis, it has been determined that an environmental impact statement is not required by this plan's actions and thus will not be prepared, and implementation of the approved Death Valley National Park Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan will be initiated as soon as practicable.
The approved Finding of No Significant Impact is available for download here. Attached to this FONSI are supporting documents including: Errata Sheets for the EA, a Determination of No Impairment of Park Resources, and a Public Comment Report for the EA.
If you have any questions, please contact the park's Environmental Protection Specialist Mike Cipra at 760-786-3227.