Ungulate Management Plan/EIS
The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for an Ungulate Management Plan (UMP DEIS) for Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (GRSA). Public comments will be accepted during an approximately 45-day public comment period closing on May 31, 2018. You can download and review the UMP DEIS by clicking on the 'Open for Comment' link on the left hand side of this page, and then on the link for the 'Ungulate Management Plan Draft EIS.'
The EIS process began in 2011 with the publication of a Notice of Intent. After receiving input from interested stakeholders, the NPS revised the scope of the UMP and conducted a second round of scoping in 2014. The comments NPS received at that time were used in preparing the UMP DEIS, as was input from our cooperating agencies (Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the US Fish and Wildlife Service) and other GRSA partners (e.g., tribes, US Geological Survey).
The NPS is again seeking the public's thoughtful review and comments on the UMP DEIS during this 45-day comment period. More information about submitting comments can be found by clicking on the 'Open for Comment Link' on the left hand side of this page, and then on the link for the 'Ungulate Management Plan Draft EIS.' In addition, we will be hosting public Open Houses during the comment period, and you can find the details regarding dates, times, and locations of the meetings by clicking on the 'Meeting Notices' link on the left hand side of the page.
The NPS will consider input received on the UMP DEIS to prepare a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). We anticipate the UMP FEIS will be made available for public review in the fall of 2018 At the conclusion of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the decision-making process, the alternative selected for implementation will become the UMP for the park.
Chief of Resource Management
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve