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Draft Trails Master Plan & Environmental Assessment

The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to develop a plan for a comprehensive, well designed and sustainable trail system that provides a variety of visitor experiences uniquely suited to the parks' resources and that supports the purposes for which the parks were established. This document has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended; regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (40 CFR 1508.9); and NPS Director's Order (DO) 12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-Making.

In this Trails Master Plan Environmental Assessment (plan/EA), the NPS has evaluated a number of options for the proposed action, as described in this plan/EA. A no-action alternative (Alternative A) and an action alternative, the proposed Trails Master Plan (Alternative B), were examined. The NPS has chosen Alternative B, the action alternative, as their preferred alternative.

Implementation of the Implementation of the NPS preferred alternative would result in short-term, minor, adverse impacts on soils and topography and water resources; long-term, negligible, adverse impacts on soils and topography; long-term, negligible to minor, adverse impacts on wetlands and archeological resources; long-term, minor, adverse impacts on water resources and vegetation; long-term, beneficial impacts on visitor use and experience, soils and topography, water resources, wetlands, vegetation, archeological resources, cultural landscapes, and operations and
infrastructure.

For Further Information Contact: Dave Hayes, Integrated Resources Program Manager, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites at dave_hayes@nps.gov
 
Comment Period: Closed        06/15/2012 - 07/15/2012
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