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The Saber-toothed cat represents one of many fossil replicas that would potentially be displayed in the proposed project.

Construct Fossil Discovery Exhibit

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Big Bend National Park proposes to construct a new paleontological and geological exhibit near the current Fossil Bone Exhibit situated along Highway 385. The proposed project will engage a broad range of visitor interest-levels and provide an educational opportunity for visitors to better appreciate the parks' unique fossil story.

Proposed actions include: constructing appropriate structures to house the exhibit and replica specimens; building an accessible trail to the structure(s); rehabilitating the lower portion of the existing trail; constructing a rock garden and children's exploration area; installing wireless internet booster; expanding the parking area to include a turn-around area for larger vehicles; and removing the existing fossil bone exhibit structure. A small parking lot, picnic shelter and restroom already exist at the site.

The Environmental Assessment for the proposed project found that the preferred alternative will not have a significant effect on the human environment and does not constitute an action meeting the requirements for preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS). The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was signed on May 23, 2014, completing the Environmental Assessment process. The FONSI can be viewed by clicking on Document List on the left side of this web page.

Contact Information
Don Corrick at 432-477-1142