Point Reyes National Seashore and North District Golden Gate National Recreation Area General Management Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement
**THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR ONE WEEK. THE COMMENT PERIOD WILL NOW CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2017.**
Dear Interested Party,
The National Park Service (NPS) is beginning the planning process for a General Management Plan Amendment (GMP Amendment) for Point Reyes National Seashore and the north district of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The GMP Amendment will update management guidance for more than 28,000 acres of NPS lands, including all lands currently leased for ranching.
As part of this process, we are initiating a 30-day comment period on a conceptual range of management alternatives. You are encouraged to share your observations, concerns, and ideas about the information presented in this newsletter to help us focus the GMP Amendment on significant issues in the planning area. The information obtained during this public comment period will be used to refine the conceptual range of alternatives, identify issues, and ensure that we have the information needed to move forward in the planning process.
The NPS will be hosting two open house meetings during this comment period. You are invited to attend these meetings to discuss your thoughts and ask NPS representatives any questions you may have.
More opportunities for public comment will be available during this planning process. Once we have refined the conceptual range of alternatives with public input and can analyze the potential impacts, we will begin the second phase of planning. At that time, we will publish a notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) and initiate the formal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
These lands host diverse natural and cultural resources, millions of visitors, layers of human history, and ongoing active agriculture. The interests and issues are broad and complex. We look forward to working with you to create a shared vision for the planning area.