Lower Mississippi SRS
Welcome to the Lower Mississippi Area Special Resource Study project website. The National Park Service will use this website to display public information throughout the course of this study. Meeting dates and locations will be posted here, along with a draft special resource study, once the document is ready for public review.
WHAT IS A SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY
New national park units are typically added to the National Park Service (NPS) by an Act of Congress. However, before Congress decides to create a new park or add land to an existing park, it needs to know whether the area meets established criteria for designation as a national park unit (i.e., national significance, suitability, feasibility, and the need for direct NPS management). This evaluation is conducted through a special resource study.
On December 19, 2014, Congress passed and the President signed into law Public Law 113-291, which directed the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a special resource study for Fort St. Philip, Fort Jackson, the Head of Passes, and any related and supporting historical, cultural, or recreational resources located in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. The purpose of this special resource study is to gather information about these resources through historical research and public input, and then to report these findings to Congress. The special resource study will evaluate the potential for inclusion of Fort St. Philip, Fort Jackson, the Head of Passes, and any related and supporting historical, cultural, or recreational resources in the national park system based upon whether they meet established criteria noted above. Applying these criteria consistently helps the National Park Service weigh the relative merits of potential park units and to ensure that only those most deserving of designation are included within the national park system. The special resource study may also weigh other management options.
We welcome your participation throughout this process. This website will be updated periodically with information to keep you informed, as well as request feedback as needed. We hope you will continue to be engaged as we move forward with this special resource study. Thank you for your interest!
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