Final White-tailed Deer Managment Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Valley Forge National Historical Park
Valley Forge National Historical Park is pleased to announce the availability of the Final White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the public. Work began on the White-tailed Deer Management Plan/EIS in 2006. Extensive public involvement, including a project web-site, brochure, four public meetings, and over 80 briefings to civic organizations, local elected officials and others, led to the development of four conceptual alternatives. These alternatives have been fully developed using the best available science and evaluated based on their impacts on the human environment and ability to achieve the stated plan objectives. The NPS preferred and environmentally preferred alternatives have been identified based on this evaluation.
The EPA Notice of Availability of the Final White-tailed Deer Management Plan/EIS was published on August 28, 2009. This begins a 30-day no action period, after which a Record of Decision (ROD) will be prepared that will document approval of the plan, select the alternative to be implemented, and set forth any stipulations required for implementation. The ROD will be signed by the Northeast Regional Director, after which a Notice of Availability of the ROD will be published in the Federal Register. Publication of the Notice of Availability of the ROD will complete the NEPA/planning process, at which time, the NPS will begin to implement the selected alternative. NPS expects the ROD to be signed by the end of September.