The Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website is NPS's primary tool dedicated to facilitating public input into decision making processes. The PEPC website was taken offline during the government shutdown, which prohibited the ability of affected parties and the public to provide comments on any projects or proposals whose comment periods were open between December 21, 2018, and Feb 4, 2019, when PEPC was put back in service. To ensure that the public has ample opportunity to review and comment, the comment period for this proposal will reopen on Feb 4, 2019 and be extended through Mar 4, 2019. Any written comments received or comments entered into PEPC prior to the shutdown will be considered and included in the overall project record.
The National Park Service (NPS) will be preparing an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze the environmental effects of a proposed Interpretive Trail and Boardwalk for Padre Island National Seashore, Texas. The project aims to enhance and improve the visitor experience and provide opportunities to learn about the park's cultural resources with a new access trail, boardwalk, and interpretive signs describing the historical significance of cattle ranching on Padre Island. The elevated boardwalk would also provide visitors the opportunity to learn about the abundance, types, and important functions and values of wetlands occurring within the park.
The environmental assessment prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) will provide the decision-making framework that 1) analyzes a reasonable range of alternatives to meet project objectives, 2) evaluates issues and impacts to National Seashore resources and values, and 3) identifies mitigation measures to lessen the degree or extent of these impacts.