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 was to gather information about these resources through historical research and public input, and then to report these findings to Congress. The special resource study evaluated 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 met established new unit critieria. 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.
In 2016, the NPS held two public meetings in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, to gauge public support and concerns for inclusion of Fort St. Philip and Fort Jackson within the national park system. National Environmental Policy Act compliance has been achieved through a categorical exclusion since the study has no measurable environmental impacts. The study was completed and transmitted to Congress in 2019 for their consideration. The study document and transmittal letters are available at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/LowerMissSRS_and_LetterstoCongress
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