||The NPS has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for an extension of the Jackson Hole Airport Use Agreement. This Draft EIS will be available for public review until June 10, 2009. NOTE: The public comment period has now been extended to June 15, 2009.
The purpose of the proposed action is to enable continued air transportation services at the Jackson Hole Airport through extension of the existing use agreement with the Department of the Interior. An extension to the use agreement is needed to ensure that the Jackson Hole Airport will remain eligible for federal funding beyond 2013. The current use agreement authorizes operations of the airport until April 27, 2033. However, under the Federal Aviation Administration funding regulations, an airport must own its land or have more than 20 years remaining on its lease or use agreement. Because the Jackson Hole Airport is on land owned by the U.S. government, the airport will lose its eligibility for Airport Improvement Program funding on April 27, 2013, 20 years before the use agreement expires.
The EIS evaluates two alternatives: the No Action and the Preferred Alternative. The Preferred Alternative proposes extending the existing use agreement for two 10-year terms, until 2053.