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The new general management plan amendment will establish the overall management direction (for the next 15 to 20 years) for lands added to the Petrified Forest National Park.

A range of reasonable alternatives for managing the expansion lands, including a no-action alternative and a preferred alternative, will be developed through the planning process. This new amendment will include an environmental impact statement that will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the alternatives.

The following includes a brief description of the major steps in this planning process:
* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Scoping: Identify planning issues and opportunities *
Step 2. Develop Alternative Management Concepts: Identify a range of future visions or management concepts for the park expansion lands.
Step 3. Develop Preliminary Alternatives: Develop the management concepts from Step 2 into full preliminary alternatives. Consider different aspects of these alternatives before selecting or crafting a preferred alternative.
Step 4. Select Preferred Alternative and Prepare Draft General Management Plan Amendment / Environmental Impact Statement: Prepare draft plan describing the management alternatives and impacts; distribute to the public.
Step 5. Revise and Prepare Final General Management Plan Amendment/ Environmental Impact Statement: Analyze comments, prepare responses to comments, revise draft document to create final document, distribute to the public.
Step 6. Implement the Approved Amendment: Prepare and issue “Record of Decision” and implement the amendment as funding allows.