Fire Management Plan 2018

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The National Park Service (NPS) is requesting your input in a revised Wildland Fire Management Plan for Olympic National Park (ONP). Your participation is vital to our planning process. There are many ways to be involved, including attending one of the in-person public meetings and/or submitting electronic or written comments.

The current Fire Management Plan (FMP) for ONP was approved in 2005. Since that time there have been significant changes that affect the validity of the plan. These changes include the development and implementation of the park's 2008 General Management Plan, updates to federal wildland fire policy/guidance, and an increase in the frequency of large fire occurrence that has helped inform management strategies and ecological benefits of fire within the park. In 2012, a NPS interdisciplinary team conducted a review of the 2005 FMP and recommended that the FMP be updated to incorporate those changes. The FMP revision was delayed to allow a Wilderness Stewardship Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (WSP/EIS) to move forward to identify fire management activities within the designated wilderness areas in the park. In 2017, after two of the busiest fire seasons in park history, it was determined that an updated FMP could no longer be delayed and a decision to revise the FMP was made.

As such, an EA is being prepared for the update of the park's programmatic FMP in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (40 CFR ยง1508.9), and the NPS Director's Order (DO) 12 Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-Making (2015). NEPA requires that every federal agency conduct an analysis of impacts for "major Federal actions significantly affecting the quality of the human environment," along with reasonable and feasible alternatives to those actions. Agencies are required to make informed decisions based on analysis conducted under NEPA and input obtained from the public and interested stakeholders. This EA provides for review of the alternatives relative to the implementation of the Park's programmatic FMP, a planning and operational document that ensures the protection of life and property and sensitive natural and cultural resources, while advocating for the perpetuation of natural ecosystem processes in the park.

The Environmental Assessment can be reviewed by clicking on the "Document List" link on the left of your screen.

A series of public meetings are scheduled for April and the public is invited to participate. To check on meeting locations, dates, and times please click on the "Meeting Notices" link to the left of your screen.

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Todd Rankin