The Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website is NPS's primary tool dedicated to facilitating public input into decision making processes. The PEPC website was taken offline during the government shutdown, which prohibited the ability of affected parties and the public to provide comments on any projects or proposals whose comment periods were open between December 21, 2018, and Feb 4, 2019, when PEPC was put back in service. To ensure that the public has ample opportunity to review and comment, the comment period for this proposal will reopen on Feb 4, 2019 and be extended through Feb 15, 2019. Any written comments received or comments entered into PEPC prior to the shutdown will be considered and included in the overall project record.
PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY
Mammoth Cave National Park Fire Management Plan Environmental Assessment
Mammoth Cave National Park is extending the public comment period on the Environmental Assessment (EA) of the park's proposed Fire Management Plan until February 15, 2019. The original comment period ended on January 7, which was during the recent partial government shutdown due to a lapse of appropriations.
Public, or external, scoping was conducted through the National Park Service (NPS) Planning, Environment and Public Comment website where a scoping notice and document were posted on September 7, 2011, to inform the public of the proposed fire management plan and environmental assessment (EA). The scoping document was also sent to the Mammoth Cave National Park's mailing list to solicit feedback for the EA. The public scoping period ended October 7, 2011.
As part of developing the EA, letters were mailed to the appropriate U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and tribes to introduce the project and request comments. The Draft EA reflects comments received from all entities during the public scoping period.
The programmatic Fire Management Plan (FMP) EA will be available for public comments through February 15, 2019. There will also be a public meeting held at the park's Training Center on December 13, 2018 between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm Central Standard Time.
Copies of the EA will be provided to interested individuals upon request. Reviewers should provide comments on the EA during the review period. Comments on the EA should be specific and discuss the adequacy of the analysis and the merits of the alternatives discussed. Following closure of the review period, all public comments will be reviewed and analyzed prior to release of the decision document. The NPS will issue responses to any substantive comments received during the review period and will make appropriate changes to the EA as needed.
If you wish to comment on this EA please go to: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/MACA
. The "open for comment link" on the left hand side provides access to the EA. Comments can also be submitted by mail to the address below. Comments must be submitted by February 15, 2019. Comments will not be accepted by email.
Mammoth Cave National Park
Attn: Fire Management Plan
P.O. Box 7
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259-2180
Before including your address, telephone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, you should be aware that your entire comment (including personal identifying information) may be publicly available at any time. While you may include in your comment direction to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.