* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Define purpose and need/develop preliminary alternatives
Step 2. Conduct external scoping
Step 3. Refine alternatives
Step 4. Identify environmental impacts and select preferred alternative
Step 5. Prepare a Plan / Environmental Assessment
Step 6. Release the Plan / EA to the public
Step 7. Prepare decision document: Finding of No Significant Impact and Determination of Non-Impairment
Step 8. Release final plan/decision document to the public *

The National Park Services hopes to complete the Plan / EA, along with a final decision, by December 2014.