Mountain Goat Management Plan/EIS
The National Park Service (NPS) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a Mountain Goat Management Plan (plan/DEIS) for Olympic National Park. This plan/DEIS was developed in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. This plan/DEIS provides management direction to address resource stewardship and human safety concerns resulting from the presence of non-native mountain goats within Olympic National Park. The Draft Mountain Goat Management Plan considers potential impacts to park resources and values, including visitor experience, wilderness character, vegetation, wildlife and habitat, park operations, and cultural resources.
The plan/DEIS also proposes moving goats from the Olympic Peninsula to native mountain goat habitat on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanagan-Wenatchee National Forests.
The original need to manage the goat population was driven by ecological concerns related to the impact of goats on the park's natural resources, particularly sensitive vegetation communities. New concerns were raised in 2010 when a visitor was fatally gored by a mountain goat while hiking on a park trail. The park updated its Mountain Goat Action Plan (part of the Olympic National Park Nuisance and Hazardous Animal Management Plan) in 2011. This plan addresses mountain goat behavior and seeks to minimize the potential for hazardous goat-human encounters. Planning and compliance is needed to address overall management of the mountain goat population within the park.
The plan/Draft EIS is now released for public review. Please see the "Meeting Notices" link on the left for opportunities to attend a public meeting. Click on the "Open for Comment" link to review and comment on the Draft EIS.
This comment period also serves as the final designated comment period to provide specific written comments to be eligible to object to the U.S. Forest Service decisions on this project. The opportunity to comment ends 60 days following the date of the publication of the EPA Notice Of Availability in the Federal Register.
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