Kaloko-Hōnokohau National Historical Park Fire Management Plan, Environmental Assessment
This Environmental Assessment documents potential environmental impacts from actions proposed in the Kaloko-Honokohau NHP Fire Management Plan and specific analysis for the use of a hand held propane torch for removal of invasive pickleweed surrounding wetlands, anchialine ponds, and coastal strand.
This EA was prepared in compliance with:
• The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 United States Code (USC) 4321 et seq.), requires an environmental analysis for major Federal Actions having the potential to impact the quality of the environment;
• Council of Environmental Quality Regulations at 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1500-1508, which implement the requirements of NEPA;
• National Park Service Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision Making; Director's Order (DO) #12 and Handbook.
Goals of NEPA are to help Federal officials make informed decisions about agency actions and to provide a role for the general public in the decision-making process. The study and documentation associated with NEPA provide decision-makers with sound knowledge of the comparative environmental consequences of the several courses of action available to them.
The primary purpose of the park's fire management program is to protect people, property, and natural and cultural resources from the effects of fire and to integrate with other park programs.
National Park Service (NPS) policy specifies that every NPS Unit with burnable vegetation will have a Fire Management Plan (FMP) approved by the Superintendent. NPS Policy, which adheres to the federal policy, recognizes wildland fire as an important ecological and evolutionary force in many terrestrial ecosystems and recognizes the need for wildland fire to be managed to fulfill the agency's goals to protect, perpetuate or recreate natural environments and historic scenes/landscapes.
08/01/2008 - 09/12/2008