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Burn piles from fuel reduction projects conducted in the summer in northern portion of Devils Postpile National Monument, are burned outside of the fire season with the assistance of firefighters from the adjacent Inyo National Forest.

Devils Postpile National Monument Fire Management Plan Update Environmental Assessment

The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce the availability of the Devils Postpile National Monument Fire Management Plan Update Environmental Assessment (EA) for a 30-day period of public review and comment.

The EA evaluates the potential environmental impacts of two alternative strategies for fire and fuels management at Devils Postpile National Monument. Alternative A, the no-action alternative, would continue the current strategy for fire management, adopted in 2005, that restricts fuel reduction treatment to the northern 15% of the monument that is not federally-designated wilderness. All wildfires would be subject to full suppression. Under Alternative B, the NPS preferred alternative, the monument's fire management strategy would be updated to conform to current federal wildland fire management policy. Fuel reduction treatments, including prescribed burning, would be allowed throughout the monument and naturally-occurring wildfire could be managed for multiple objectives when the appropriate conditions exist. The combination of prescribed burning and wildfire managed for multiple objectives would reduce the current high fuels levels, contribute to the restoration of a more natural fire regime in the monument and promote an ecosystem that responds with more resilience after fire. The EA analyzes impacts of these alternatives in detail for air quality, vegetation, wetlands and sensitive plant species, wildlife and special status species, visitor experience, wilderness character and cultural resources.

This EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The public is also invited to provide comment on issues and concerns regarding cultural resources within the project area in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

The NPS invites your review and comment on the EA from October 16, 2018 to November 16, 2018. The document file can be downloaded below under "Document Content". To easily provide comments on the EA through this website select the "Comment Now" button below. All comments on the EA will be reviewed and considered.

Written comments may be submitted to:
Superintendent
Devils Postpile National Monument
NPS POB 3999
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Contact Information:
Deanna Dulen, Superintendent, 760-924-5505

Mailed comments must be postmarked by November 16, 2018 to ensure that your comment will be considered. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or in any other way than those specified above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted.
 
Comment Period: Closed        10/16/2018 - 11/16/2018
Document Content:
DEPO FMP EA 10152018DEPO FMP EA 10152018   (11.9 MB, PDF file)
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