The National Park Service (NPS) is making available for public review an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed restoration of the Poplar Grove National Cemetery landscape to its historic character. Actions needed to achieve this goal include installation of new upright headstones in the syle appropriate to the original burial era at all graves, with the exception of the private and possibly some of the nonstandard markers.
This EA evaluates two alternatives, the no-action alternative and one action alternative that focus on restoring the historic character of the cemetery landscape. The purpose of the proposed action is to remove the conditions that hinder the ability to access, understand, and reverently commemorate the cemetery as the final resting place for those soldiers that died during the Petersburg and Appomattox Campaigns of the Civil War. NPS would rehabilitate the cemetery to its 1933, or the end of the U.S. War Department era (1869-1933), appearance. The proposed project would also reestablish missing or altered historic features of the cemetery.
The EA has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and implementing regulations 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508, and NPS Director's Order # 12 and Handbook, Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-making (DO-12). The EA is also being used as a vehicle for public review of the draft programmatic agreement (Appendix A) developed for this project to guide cultural resource decisions under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and its regulations at 36 CFR 800.
TO REVIEW THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR POPLAR GROVE CEMETERY:
1. Click the link titled "Document List" on the left side of the screen.
2. From the list of documents, select "Poplar Grove National Cemetery Rehabilitate Facilities, Resources & Character Defining Elements to National Cemetery Standards Environmental Assessment."
3. From the document page, click the link that begins "Poplar Grove National Cemetery Rehabilitate Facilities..." to open or save the document.
Because public participation is very important to the success of this project I ask for your thoughtful evaluation and comment. The public comment period closes May 20, 2010. You may post your comments electronically at http://parkplanning.nps.gov
(search for Petersburg National Battlefield) or mail your written comments by May 20, 2010 to the address below.
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 using your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Poplar Grove national Cemetery
Petersburg National Battlefield
1539 Hickory Hill Road
Petersburg, VA 23803-1721