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Perdido Key Backcountry Stewardship Plan

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The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a Backcounty Stewardship Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Perdido Key Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Today, you play an important role in protecting the park's backcountry resources. Please take a moment to provide us your suggestions on how Gulf Islands backcountry should be managed in the future.

Perdido Key offers some of the best backcountry camping in Northwest Florida and is a highly valued recreational activity by the park, local community, and visitors. However, resource impacts have become so significant that the park has suspended hike-in backcountry camping in the area while a management plan is developed to property manage this activity to protect park resources. The national seashore is exploring many options for backcountry camping, however in order to provide the best experience with the least impact on natural resources and wildlife, an Environment Assessment will need to be completed.

You have a variety of options for providing us with your comments. You may submit your comment here, or mail your comment to the address provided. We will be accepting comments through October 31, 2018.

Following this review, we will draft a range of alternatives as part of the required environmental analysis, at which time additional opportunities will be provided for further public involvement.

We understand that your time is valuable and we appreciate your assistance. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions on these preliminary draft alternatives.


Dan Brown, Superintendent
Gulf Islands National Seashore

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Jolene Williams