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Following a February 2015 public meeting held to review results of the 2014 Revised Pilot Program, NPS staff reviewed the feedback and comments that had been received. Over the following months, NPS staff further developed the ideas presented as possible next steps during the February 2015 public meeting. On September 24, 2015 the NPS hosted a public meeting discussion and listening session (see Meeting Notices to the left under Project Links) to present and hear feedback on the proposal for changes to the Ocean Beach Fire Program, including the permit system, winter rest period, CCSF support, and new fire rings and signage. As a result of evaluation and learnings of the 2014 Revised Pilot program, and the comments and discussion at the September and February meetings, NPS prepared the Ocean Beach Fire Program Proposal which was made available for a 44-day public review and comment period.

Following the public review & comment period, the NPS reviewed and analyzed the comments received for substantive content. See Attachment E in the Final Ocean Beach Fire Program at the "Document List" link to the left for a detailed discussion of the comments received, and park responses. With consideration of the public's feedback, a final implementation decision has been made by the discretionary authority of the Superintendent.

The final Ocean Beach Fire Program, including the new curfew, will go into effect on April 4, 2016, and the four additional fire rings will be installed beginning in spring 2016. The NPS will be hosting annual public workshops in coordination with partners, stakeholders, and interested public to evaluate the program, share information, discuss what's working and what's not, and to chart a course together for each burn season.

* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Define purpose and need
Step 2. Develop proposed action
Step 3. Conduct external scoping and targeted outreach
Step 4. Refine proposed action and identify environmental impacts
Step 5. Prepare draft environmental document
Step 6. Public review of draft environmental document
Step 7. Analysis of public comment
Step 8. Prepare final plan/decision document
Step 9. Release final plan/decision document to the public
Step 10. Implementation of final plan/decision
Step 11. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation *