Waco Mammoth Site Special Resource Study
The National Park Service (NPS) is undertaking a planning study to determine whether the Waco Mammoth Site, located in Waco, Texas is eligible to be included as a new unit of the National Park System. On December 16, 2002, President Bush approved H.R. 1925, a bill that led to establishment of Public Law 107-341 whereby Congress directed the National Park Service, in consultation with the State of Texas, the city of Waco, and other appropriate organizations, to conduct a special resource study of the Waco Mammoth Site. Congressman Chet Edwards (D-TX) sponsored the legislation authorizing the study in an effort to recognize the site's significance and to provide for educational opportunities. "I believe this site will help Waco in their effort to become a destination for tourists, and will become a key spot for the development of the Brazos River Corridor", said Congressman Edwards when the H.R. 1925 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2001.
The purpose of a special resource study is to determine whether an area is eligible to be designated as a unit of the national park system. A special resource study (1) assesses resources in a given study area to determine whether they meet the criteria for addition to the national park system, and (2) offers recommendations for resource protection and public use and enjoyment. Based on eligibility, the best management options, and analysis of the environmental impacts, a recommendation is made to Congress as to whether the site should be included as a new unit of the National Park System. The study may make other recommendations for local, state, federal, or private actions to conserve resources or provide for public enjoyment.
We invite your participation in this process. We want to hear from you as a potential visitor and neighbor. We will send you newsletters, information about open houses, a copy of the study and ask you opinions and input over the next two years.
We want your ideas for the future of the Waco Mammoth Site.