On behalf of the planning team, I am pleased to announce that the Chaco Culture National Historical Park General Management Plan Amendment (GMP Amendment) was approved for implementation with the signing of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) by the NPS Intermountain Regional Director. The GMP Amendment will provide direction for managing visitor use at Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
A copy of the FONSI can be downloaded from the Planning, Environment and Public Comment site (see Document List). The document provides a summary of the agency's preferred alternative and why actions proposed in that alternative will not have a significant effect on the human environment. The FONSI also includes an errata sheet that describes minor changes to the text of the GMP Amendment Environmental Assessment based on comments received. These revisions do not result in substantial changes to the preferred alternative or require additional environmental analysis.
The National Park Service determined that there will be no significant environmental impacts that would occur by implementing this plan, and therefore an environmental impact statement will not be prepared. This FONSI and the environmental assessment constitute the record of the decision-making process for the GMP Amendment.
Public participation was a key element in this planning process at Chaco Cultural National Historical Park. Thank you for your participation in this important planning effort and for your interest in the future of Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
Barbara West, Superintendent
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
PO Box 220
Nageezi NM 87037-0220