Revised GMP Process

Phase 1:

The public comment period for the original plan was extended until November 15, 2004.

NPS invited the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to be a partner in the development of new or revised alternatives.

Three additional public meetings to obtain comments and suggestions were held September 28, 29, & 30, 2004.

Phase 2: This phase began January 3, 2005.

The NPS planning team used the input from all written comments received and from those received during the September 2004 public meetings to produce a new draft management alternative called Alternative E.

After internal review, the NPS created a second new alternative called Alternative F and has scheduled a meeting with stakeholders and partners on November 17, 2005 prior to public release of the new draft alternatives to give them notice and to continue a positive relationship and partnership in producing the GMP.

The NPS will produce and distribute a newsletter on the new draft alternatives to give stakeholders and the general public an opportunity to review these alternatives prior to a new set of public meetings. As of November 14, 2005 we are at this stage in the process.

The NPS will conduct three fully facilitated public meetings recorded by court reporter or public stenographer in three locations to receive comment on the new draft alternatives. All comments and suggestions will be for the administrative record. These meetings will take place in December 12, 13, and 20, 2005. The times and locations are posted at the Meeting Notices link.

Phase 3:

The park superintendent and Regional Office managers will brief Washington officials on the new draft alternatives prior to their public release.

The NPS will produce an amended GMP/EIS with a preferred alternative that will be made available for public review and comment with a standard notice in the Federal Register and a 60-day review period.

At the approximate midpoint of the 60-day review period, one fully facilitated public meeting will be conducted to receive comments on the amended draft GMP/EIS.

The planning team will compile and analyze all the comments on the amended draft GMP/EIS and will make appropriate changes to the document.

A final GMP/EIS will be produced and a notice of availability will be published in the Federal Register.