The NPS encourages public participation throughout the planning process. There are two opportunities to formally comment on the project; once during initial project scoping and again following public release of the EA.

The EA will consider the potential impacts to natural and cultural resources, visitor use and experience, and park operations.

All comments, questions, and suggestions related to the project are welcome. During the public scoping period the following types of comments are particularly helpful:

Specific information about the project area that should be included in the analysis
Information about how you use this area of the park and how the project might affect that use.
Other projects that might affect or be affected by the project
Other ideas or alternative ways of meeting the project objectives.

* 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 draft plan/environmental document
Step 6. Public review of draft plan/environmental document
Step 7. Prepare final plan/decision document
Step 8. Release final plan/decision document to the public

Public input is requested during the scoping period between August 19, 2016 and September 9th, 2016.