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Rock Outcrop Management Project

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The National Park Service completed an Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect (EA/AoE) for a Rock Outcrop Management Plan that incorporates climbing guidelines. The document analyzed alternatives that direct the future management of rock outcrop areas and helps direct climbing in Shenandoah National Park. The Park's rock outcrops are some of the largest in the region and contain a myriad of important vegetation communities and rare plant and animal populations. These rock outcrops are popular destinations in the Park and draw visitors to the views, sweeping vistas and climbing activities they afford.

On August 11, 2014 the National Park Service (NPS) issued a Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The NPS selected Alternative B: Balance Between Natural Resource Protection and Visitor Use for implementation. Under the selected alternative, the NPS will provide for visitor use and enjoyment of rock outcrop areas while protecting natural resources at the rock outcrops and minimizing impacts to natural resource conditions.

Thank you for your interest and concern for the future of Shenandoah National Park.

Contact Information
Wendy Cass
Division of Natural and Cultural Resources
Shenandoah National Park
540-999-3500 x3432

Jim Schaberl
Chief, Natural and Cultural Resources
Shenandoah National Park
540-999-3500 x3491