Denali National Park and Preserve has contracted an environmental consultant firm (AECOM) to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) of potential impacts for this proposed Polychrome Area Improvements project. Environmental and cultural compliance was formally initiated in October 2021 and will be completed by March 2022.

As part of the civic engagement period, public meetings were held and comments were accepted in October 2021. Substantive comments were considered when identifying and analyzing environmental impacts. The EA will be available for public review in January 2022 and there will be additional public meetings scheduled during that time (see the "open for comment" and "meeting notices" tabs on the left for more details). Comments should be submitted by February 13, 2022.

The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Assessment of Effects determination was also available for public comment for 30 days, until Dec 19, 2021. An agreement document will be developed between the State Historic Preservation Office and National Park Service, along with other consulting parties, to mitigate the adverse effect to historic properties.

The steps of the compliance process are summarized below:

* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Conduct civic engagement
Step 2. Identify environmental impacts and assess the effect to historic properties
Step 3. Prepare environmental document and select preferred alternative
Step 4. Develop an agreement document with the State Historic Preservation Office *
Step 5. Public review of environmental document
Step 6. Analysis of public comment
Step 7. Prepare final decision document
Step 8. Release final decision document to the public