Public Open House Meetings for Draft White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement
Draft White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement
Dear Friends,We are pleased to announce the availability of the draft plan and environmental impact statement (Draft Plan/EIS) for white-tailed deer management at Antietam National Battlefield, Monocacy National Battlefield, and Manassas National Battlefield Park. Early in the process, we asked for your input on our stated goals for the plan and the issues that could arise through its implementation.
Using the feedback we received during that initial public scoping effort, and input from a team of scientists convened to inform the planning process, we developed a range of management alternatives for meeting those goals. Our team members then analyzed the impacts of those alternatives on vegetation; white-tailed deer, other wildlife and wildlife habitat, special status species; socioeconomics; visitor use and experience; cultural landscapes; health and safety; and park management and operations. The National Park Service (NPS) then identified a preferred alternative that we believe would best meet the plan goals and objectives and protect the resources and human environment at the battlefields. All of this information is now presented for your review in the Draft Plan/EIS, which has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws, policies, and regulations. Because your feedback is essential to the development of the Final Plan/EIS, we are asking for your thoughtful review and comments during the 60-day comment period.
As vital contributors to the planning process, we hope you take the opportunity to provide us your feedback, and if possible, join us at one of our upcoming public meetings.
SuperintendentsSusan Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
Wednesday, August 28, 20136:00 pm—8:00 pm
Thursday, August 29, 20136:00 pm—8:00 pm
Did You Know?
Over 500 cannons participated in the Battle of Antietam, firing over 50,000 rounds of ammunition. The cannonade was so severe that Confederate artillery commander Colonel S.D. Lee described the battle as "artillery hell."