White-tailed Deer Management Plan
The Record of Decision (ROD) for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was signed by the Northeast Regional Director on October 1, 2009. It documents approval of the plan, selects the alternative to be implemented, and sets forth stipulations required for implementation. The National Park Service has selected Alternative D, Combined Lethal and Nonlethal Actions, which was described as the NPS preferred alternative in the Final plan/EIS, released to the public for the required 30-day no-action period beginning August 28, 2009 and ending September 28, 2009.
Alternative D was selected because it provides efficiency in meeting plan objectives and enhances safety by reducing the time that sharpshooting activities would occur in the park.
The purpose of the plan is to provide a deer management strategy that supports long-term protection, preservation, and restoration of native vegetation and other natural and cultural resources. A second purpose of the plan is to provide appropriate response to chronic wasting disease.
The plan/EIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality, the NPS Management Policies (2001), and NPS Director's Order 12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-Making. Through this planning process, the NPS has analyzed a full range of reasonable alternatives and evaluated their impacts on the human environment and ability to achieve the stated plan objectives.
Kristina Heister, Natural Resource Manager
1400 North Outer Line Drive
King of Prussia, PA 19406