||The National Park Service is proposing to control the population of non-native European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus.) at San Juan Island National Historical Park. The goals of the proposed action are to (1) eliminate European rabbits from the park and (2) prevent their recolonization in the park.
The proposed agency action will enable the park to protect important natural and cultural resources threatened by this non-native species. It also will allow the park to mitigate past damage caused by the rabbits.
An environmental assessment (EA) of the proposed agency action has been prepared and is available for public comment. Preliminary scoping comments were solicited from the public in February and March of 2009. Individuals or organizations wishing to provide written comments may submit them one of three ways: electronically on the Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website, in person at an open-house meeting, or by mail to the address above no later than August 12, 2010.
The formal 30-day public review and comment period for the EA is from July 8 to August 12, 2010. You are invited to join us at an open-house meeting during the review period, to be held July 27, 2010 from 1-3 p.m. at the Mullis Senior Center in Friday Harbor.
To view and download the EA, visit the park web site at www.nps.gov/sajh for a link to PEPC, or go directly to PEPC website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/parkHome.cfm?parkId=340.
We look forward to continuing to work with you to protect the natural and cultural resources at San Juan Island National Historical Park. Thank you for your help.