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2020 Superintendent's Compendium Changes

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Katmai National Park and Preserve, Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, and the Alagnak Wild River park compendium will be open for a 30-day public comment period. The compendium is a compilation of all designations, closures and restrictions adopted under the discretionary authority within the regulations covering national parks. This regulatory tool helps manage Alaska's national park areas for the public's enjoyment, use and protection.

There are a handful of changes which are proposed in the 2020 compendium. These include:

• The NPS proposes to remove the wording of "Park-provided metal food lockers at some coastal campsites," as there are no metal lockers located at any coastal campsites. NPS is unable to find the history of this language as the containers are not in place, nor is NPS intending to install metal food lockers in the Park's designated Wilderness.
• The NPS is proposing to relax the current parking restrictions at Lake Camp. Current restriction imposes 72 hour limit, with the Superintendent able to grant permission for longer periods. The NPS is proposing to increase this up to potentially a 14 day limit (or longer), by posting the most current Superintendent authorized parking limit at the site.
• The NPS seeks public comment on allowing the use of electric bicycles (e-bikes) in National Park System units in Alaska.
• The NPS is proposing to implement an existing regulation by taking a more active role in managing critical areas within the Brooks Camp Developed Area including the Brooks River Corridor to protect resources and provide for public health and safety.

The park is also proposing the continuation of the following existing closures:

• The use of motorboats upriver of the elevated bridge on the Brooks River is prohibited from April 1 until October 31. This includes the area beneath the elevated bridge and extends to the inlet of the Brooks River on Lake Brooks.
• The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes is closed to bicycles except November 1 through March 31 if the superintendent has determined there to be adequate snow cover.

The NPS will be holding a public meeting to discuss these potential changes to the park compendium, to hear feedback, and receive public comments on any or all of the proposed changes. The meeting location, date, and time information is below:

Katmai National Park and Preserve Headquarters
1000 Silver Street
Building 603
King Salmon, AK
Friday, February 14, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm

The public comment period for changes to the park compendium will begin on January 15, 2020 and remain open through February 15, 2020. Project information can be viewed and written comments submitted using the Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) system, retrieve "2020 Superintendent's Compendium Changes (93076)" to provide comments electronically, hand-delivered, or mailed to the address listed below. Comments will not be accepted by fax or email. Comments must be received by 9:59 pm Alaska time, February 15, 2020.

Hand deliver comments during business hours to:
Katmai National Park and Preserve Headquarters
Attention: Park Compendium Changes 2020
1000 Silver Street
Building 603
King Salmon, AK 99613

Mail comments to:
Jason Lux, Chief Ranger
Katmai National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 7
King Salmon, AK 99613

Public Comment Considerations

• Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted.
• Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information, be aware that your entire comment - including your personally identifiable information - may be made public at any time. You may ask us to withhold your personally identifiable information from public review, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
• The proposed project is an undertaking as outlined under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (36 CRF § 800). As such, we welcome comments about historic properties or other cultural resources that fall within the project area.

Contact Information
Jason Lux
Chief Ranger
Katmai National Park and Preserve