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Draft Environmental Assessment, North End Access and Transportation Management Plan, Cumberland Island National Seashore

This Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates alternatives, a preferred action, and their potential environmental impacts related to the proposed North End Access and Transportation Management Plan for the Cumberland Island National Seashore (CUIS). This EA has been prepared in accordance with NEPA and regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (40 CFR 1508.9). The NPS has developed this North End Access and Transportation Management Plan as mandated by legislation (Public Law 108-447) enacted by Congress in December 2004. The legislation directs the NPS to initiate motorized visitor access to historic sites located adjacent to the wilderness at the north end of Cumberland Island National Seashore, located in Camden County, Georgia. The plan also addresses visitor transportation over the entire island, including high visitor-use areas such as the island docks, the Dungeness Historic District and Ruins, beach access points, Sea Camp, Stafford Historic District, and the Plum Orchard Mansion and Historic District. This action is needed to comply with the legal mandate and intention of Congress that NPS enhance access to and understanding of the many natural and cultural resources on the island while also addressing health and safety, accessibility, and mobility issues for island visitors.

Comment Period: Closed        09/10/2008 - 10/15/2008
Topic Questions Instructions:
Comments on this EA must be delivered or postmarked no later than October 15, 2008. If you wish to comment, electronic comments are preferred and may be submitted through the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) web site or by e-mail to: Comments can also be mailed to Superintendent, Cumberland Island National Seashore, P.O. Box 806, St. Marys, Georgia 31558.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Topic Questions:
1. Reviewers are invited to provide the National Park Service (NPS) with their comments on the EA during the review period. This will allow NPS to analyze and respond to comments at one time and use information obtained from the public in the preparation of a Final EA, thus avoiding undue delay in the decision-making process. Reviewers are encouraged to structure their participation in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 process so that it is meaningful and alerts the agency to the reviewer's position and contentions. Comments on the EA should be specific and should address the adequacy of the analysis and the merits of the alternatives discussed. 40 CFR 1503.3
Document Content:
EA Appendix B: Biological AssessmentEA Appendix B: Biological Assessment   (729.6 KB, PDF file)
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