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Crystal Cave Redevelopment and Rehabilitation Plan

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The National Park Service (NPS) has released a plan / environmental assessment (EA) for the redevelopment and rehabilitation of the Crystal Cave area within Sequoia National Park.

Crystal Cave has been one of Sequoia National Park's primary visitor attractions since 1940 when the cave was officially opened to the public. It is the only cave open for guided public cave tours within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The cave is generally open for cave tours from May through November, weather permitting. Crystal Cave is located on a secondary road approximately 7 miles off the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park, between the Ash Mountain entrance and the Giant Forest Museum.

The purpose of the project is to provide for an improved visitor experience at the Crystal Cave area in such a manner that reduces impacts, improves sustainability, meets legal requirements, and protects park natural and cultural resources.

This EA evaluates the no action alternative and two action alternatives that consider options to improve improve the visitor and administrative facilities in the Crystal Cave area. It addresses the buildings and visitor services at the trailhead, the trail to the cave, and the tour introduction areas near the cave entrance.

The NPS is interested in any public concerns, potential issues, or opportunities related to the proposal. All written comments about this project must be transmitted, postmarked, or hand-delivered by December 4, 2015. To respond electronically, submit your comments via this website by clicking the 'Open for Comment' tab. To submit written comments, you may send them by mail or hand-deliver to: Superintendent, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Attn: Crystal Cave Redevelopment Plan/ EA, 47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers, CA 93271. Faxed comments will be accepted at (559) 565-4202.

Note that, before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, should be aware that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we would be able to do so.

Thank you for your interest in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks!

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Nancy Hendricks