General Management Plan, Wilderness Study, Environmental Impact Statement
Dear Friends of Ozark National Scenic Riverways,
I would like to thank everyone for the excellent response we received on the preliminary alternatives for the General Management Plan / Wilderness Study. The turnout at the five June 2009 open houses was very large and we received a high volume of written comments. Because of that volume, it has taken a while to read all of the comments; put them into the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) database; and prepare a summary for the public.
I understand that there is a high level of interest in these comments and to ensure transparency in our process, we have posted the following documents on this PEPC site. These documents can be downloaded and printed:
• Public Comment Summary
• Tables of Complete Comments that are sorted by:
- Correspondence ID (order they were put into the database)
- Zip code
• Open House Flip Chart Comments (five files)
• Map showing distribution and density of public comments
To view these documents, please click on the Document List to the left and then select the document(s) you wish to read.
Given the variety of concerns and suggestions that we are hearing from the public, the National Park Service will be doing additional work in 2010 and 2011 to revise and refine the planning alternatives and develop the agency's preferred alternative. Included in the process will be work to better understand the impacts of these alternatives on the natural, cultural, social, and economic environment of the national riverways. The park staff will also be seeking funding to complete studies in the areas of social and natural science to support agency decisions.
The revised alternatives, including the NPS preferred alternative, will be presented in a printed Draft General Management Plan / Wilderness Study / Environmental Impact Statement. Upon release of this document, there will be an extensive public review and comment period. The NPS Midwest Regional Director will not approve a final management plan until all comments on the draft plan are reviewed and considered.
Reed E. Detring, Superintendent