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The National Park Service (NPS) has completed the preparation of an environmental assessment (EA) for the Wireless Communications Services Plan for Yellowstone National Park. The purpose of the plan was to establish locations and criteria for appropriate wireless services and infrastructure that do not result in unacceptable levels of impacts to park resources and values. The Wireless Communication Services Plan/EA (found under "Document List") is now available for review.

The park conducted scoping from July 16 to August 31, 2006, to gather input from the public on issues, impact topics, and alternatives to be analyzed in the EA. During this scoping period, open houses were held in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, and in developed areas in the park.

The EA evaluated a No Action alternative as well as alternatives that allow for a reduction, limited increase, and substantial increase in wireless services and infrastructure in the park. Potential impacts evaluated include cultural and natural resources, wilderness, park operations, health and human safety, and visitor experience.

* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Public Scoping
Step 2. Analyze public scoping comments
Step 3. Prepare EA
Step 4. Release EA with public comment period
Step 5. Analyze written comments received from the public on the EA
Step 6. Prepare Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or issue Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement *