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Wilderness and Backcountry Management Plan EIS: Final

The final Wilderness and Backcountry Management Plan and EIS has been released for public review for 30 days. Following this review period the NPS will prepare a Record of Decision for the project, which will be published in the Federal Register.

The Wilderness and Backcountry Management Plan (WBMP) provides a public document that outlines steps for preserving Isle Royale's wilderness character, natural resources, and cultural resources while also providing for the use and enjoyment of the park's wilderness and backcountry by current and future generations; and provides accountability, consistency and continuity for managing Isle Royale's wilderness and backcountry and this park's place in the National Park Service's wilderness management program.

The preferred alternatives strive to: 1) minimize adverse resource impacts, in many cases improving resource conditions that are currently showing degradation, 2) minimize or reduce the impacts of development in the park's wilderness, 3) not further restrict general public access due to the difficulty and expense in visiting the park, 4) efficiently utilize existing overnight camping facilities through the creation of a backcountry office to implement advance permitting, expand visitor services for trip planning and reduce campground crowding to improve social and resource conditions.

The EIS involves analysis of current conditions in the park and likely impacts of implementing each of the alternatives, considering impacts to: visitor use and experiences, wilderness character, natural and cultural resources, socioeconomics and, NPS operations and administration. In general, each of the preferred alternatives would be expected to result in both beneficial and adverse impacts to park resources and values but none of the adverse impacts would be extensive or severe enough to result in impairment.

Comment Period: 09/29/2011 - 10/31/2011
Document Content:
WBMP EIS: FinalWBMP EIS: Final   (15.8 MB, PDF file)
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