NOI for Saline Valley EIS Issued

The National Park Service has issued a Notice Of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan, Death Valley National Park.

The NPS is initiating the conservation planning and environmental impact analysis process for the Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan for Death Valley National Park. This effort will result in a plan that provides a sound basis for guiding management actions within the Saline Valley Warms Springs area of Death Valley National Park, based upon evaluation of a range of reasonable alternatives regarding recreational use and tribal interests. The plan would fulfill this need and complete the park's broad-level management objectives for this area, as called for in the 2001 General Management Plan (GMP).

As part of the EIS process, the NPS will evaluate different approaches for managing the Saline Valley Warm Springs area to determine the potential impacts on visitor access, asset management, water resources, biological and cultural resources, human health and safety, aesthetics, visitor experience, wilderness character, and other stewardship considerations. Alternatives to be considered include no-action and reasonable action alternatives, such as establishing designated camping areas, limiting further development of the springs, restoration or partial restoration of the springs, and either closure or authorization of the nearby airstrip.

All comments must be postmarked or transmitted not later than August 6, 2012.

For more information, see the Federal Register Notice



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