Expansion of Facilities to Support Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Environmental Assessment

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February 25, 2011

Dear Interested Party:

The National Park Service has completed an environmental assessment and all additional compliance necessary for expanding the facilities for the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at Padre Island National Seashore. This proposed action consists of constructing two cabins along the Gulf of Mexico beach, while also expanding the sea turtle egg incubation laboratory at park Headquarters. Construction of these facilities would provide the infrastructure so park staff may respond appropriately to the increase of sea turtle nesting.

The environmental assessment was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to provide the decision-making framework that 1) analyzes a reasonable range of alternatives to meet project objectives, 2) evaluates potential issues and impacts to Padre Island National Seashore's resources and values, and 3) identifies mitigation measures to lessen the degree or extent of these impacts.

This environmental assessment evaluated two alternatives: a no-action alternative and an action alternative. The no-action alternative describes the current condition if no new cabins are constructed, and the action alternative addresses for the construction of two new cabins and expanding the sea turtle incubation facility. The action alternative was the preferred, chosen alternative. A Finding of No Significan Action (FONSI) decision document was signed for this proposed action.

In addition to the completion of this environmental assessment, all consultation with interested agencies has been completed. To review the park's final compliance documents for this project, please click on "Document List" on the left side of this webpage. If you prefer, you may also call Wade Stablein, of my staff, at (361) 949-8173, ext. 224 to request a hard copy.

The National Park Service would like to thank all stakeholders and interested parties who provided their valuable comments and guidance for this project. We thank you for your continuing support of the park.


Joe Escoto
Superintendent, Padre Island National Seashore

Contact Information

Wade Stablein
Padre Island National Seashore
P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480-1300