Nisqually to Paradise Road Repair and Improvements Finding of No Significant Impact
This finding of no significant impact (FONSI) and the environmental assessment (EA) constitute the record of the environmental impact analysis and decision-making process for the road repairs and improvements on the Nisqually – Paradise Road. The NPS will implement the preferred alternative, which includes the site-specific repairs needed to address the identified deficiencies and the associated improvements to rehabilitate the road. The approved alternative includes measures for protection of park resources, safety improvements, and a sustainable road for visitor travel; and provides long-term conditions necessary to sustain scenic, natural, and cultural resources. Planned repairs will improve the efficiency of park operations by correcting structural deficiencies in the road and reducing maintenance requirements, as well as providing for improved visitor enjoyment and safety while protecting park resources. The preferred alternative was selected after careful review of resource and visitor impacts and public comment.
This document records (1) a FONSI as required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), and (2) a determination of no impairment as required by the NPS Organic Act of 1916 (see Attachment A).