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Environmental Assessment For Backcountry Cabin

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Date: February 18, 2014
Contact: David Elkowitz, 432-477-1108

Availability of Environment Assessment for Assessing Need for a Backcountry Cabin in Managing the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park

The National Park Service (NPS) is considering its options for managing the highly visited Chisos Mountains backcountry.

An Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to provide the decision-making framework that 1) analyzes four alternatives, including a no action alternative, 2) evaluates potential issues and impacts to Big Bend National Park’s resources and values, and 3) identifies mitigation measures to lessen the degree or extent of these impacts. As discussed in the EA, the park’s Preferred Alternative is to replace Boot Cabin and corral with a cabin and corral that would be built at the Colima site, out of view of any existing trail.

The EA is available for public review from February 18, 2014 to March 21, 2014. Comments must be received by March 21, 2014 to be included in the final record. The EA can be viewed online, and comments submitted online, at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/bibe

You may also call Don Corrick at (432) 477-1142 or don_corrick@nps.gov to request a hard copy, and comments may be submitted on-line, or by mail or hand-delivered to:

Superintendent Cindy Ott-Jones
ATTN: Assess Need for Backcountry Cabin – EA Comments
Big Bend National Park
P.O. Box 129

Big Bend National Park, TX 79834 Your comments will be considered as we move toward a decision. We look forward to hearing from you.

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