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20-Year Management Plan for Rainier

November 9 2001 at 3:04 PM
roger  (no login)

I haven't read it yet. An earlier version would have prohibited hiker parking at Paradise.

Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Jonathan B. Jarvis is pleased to announce the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan (FEIS/GMP) for Mount Rainier National Park. Upon approval, the GMP will serve as a blueprint to guide park managers in implementing park programs and management activities for Mount Rainier National Park over the next 20 years. A Record of Decision (ROD) may be approved by the Regional Director, Pacific West Region of the National Park Service, no sooner than 30 days after publication by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Notice of Filing of the FEIS in the Federal Register. The official responsible for the final decision is the Regional Director and the official responsible for implementation of the plan is the Superintendent, Mount Rainier National Park.

Copies of the FEIS/GMP are available from the Superintendent, Mount Rainier National Park, Tahoma Woods, Star Route, Ashford, Washington 98304-9751; (360)-569-2211 (ext. 2301) or via Email: . Public reading copies are also available for review at public, regional and university libraries throughout the region as well at the National Park Service Library, Columbia Cascades Support Office, 909 First Avenue South, Seattle, WA . The FEIS/GMP is also available in its entirety via the Internet at the National Park Service’s Website

The FEIS/GMP identifies and analyzes three alternatives for managing resources and visitors in Mount Rainier National Park. The No Action alternative is a continuation of the present management course regarding the management of visitor use and protection of resources. The National Park Service’s Preferred alternative (Alternative 2) would provide a range of high-quality visitor experiences and improve stewardship of park resources. The primary goals of this alternative are to better manage peak-period visitation so that it does not adversely affect park resources and visitor experiences, and encourage more off-peak use of the park. Alternative 3 would offer a different combination of visitor opportunities than those offered in the preferred alternative, while still protecting resources. No park resources or values would be impaired.

The FEIS/GMP evaluates the environmental consequences of the preferred alternative and the other alternatives on natural resources (e.g., air and water quality, soils and vegetation, special status species), geologic (volcanic and non-volcanic) hazards, cultural resources (e.g. archeological, ethnographic, and National Historic Landmark District resources), visitor experiences (e.g., visitor access, range of visitor activities), Wilderness, and the socioeconomic environment (e.g., regional context, gateway communities relationships). A range of mitigation measures appropriate to each alternative are identified and evaluated. It was determined that Alternative 2 is the environmentally preferred alternative.

The Final EIS culminates nearly five years of study and exceptional public involvement in the development of this plan.

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