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NOTE - Public Review Period is extended for a second 30 days (deadline reflectes new date [changed 11 DEC 12].
The National Park Service is soliciting public comment on an Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect for a Rock Outcrop Management Plan that incorporates climbing. This Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect is being reissued since it was made available for public review in 2008. The document analyzes alternatives that direct the future management of rock outcrop areas and manages climbing in Shenandoah National Park. The Park's rock outcrops are some of the largest in the region and contain a myriad of important vegetation communities and rare plant and animal populations. These rock outcrops are popular destinations in the Park and draw visitors to the views, sweeping vistas and climbing activities they afford.

Intense use of these areas by climbing, hiking, and camping enthusiasts has led to loss of vegetation and soils at some cliff sites, including impacts to rare species and communities. This management plan would provide the direction to guide management decisions, protect geologic and biological composition, and minimize visitor use impacts. Given that Park management personnel are mandated to protect rock outcrops while still providing opportunities for visitor enjoyment of these resources, this plan would mitigate impacts of visitor recreation activities, accommodate visitor use, and direct the future management of rock outcrops.

You are invited to comment on the reissued Rock Outcrop Management Plan. This document will be available for public review for 30 days. During this time, the National Park Service will accept written and oral comments regarding the project.

Thank you for your interest and concern for the future of Shenandoah National Park.
Contact Information
Wendy Cass
Division of Natural and Cultural Resources
Shenandoah National Park
540-999-3500 x3432

Jim Schaberl
Chief, Natural and Cultural Resources
Shenandoah National Park
540-999-3500 x3491