• Glowing sunset view from overlook - Photo by Jason Barnett Photography

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Public Comment Analysis Report Available

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Date: January 13, 2012
Contact: Tom Blount, 423-569-9778

Over the last several months, the National Park Service (NPS) has analyzed the comments received during the public comment period for the Oil and Gas Management Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Obed Wild and Scenic River. At this time, we would like to share a report summarizing the public comment process and results. The report can be accessed at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/biso_obri_ogmp_deis_public_comments.

During the comment period (June 15-August 16, 2011), which included five public meetings, correspondence was received from individual members of the public, other agencies, organizations, and tribes. The NPS is now working on responses to the substantive comments and will publish them as part of the final environmental impact statement, which is anticipated for release in the summer of 2012.

If you would like a print copy of the report, please call Melanie Autry at (423) 569-9778.

Did You Know?

Black bear now live in and around Big South Fork.

In the mid-1990's black bear were released in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area to study relocation techniques and to determine whether adequate habitat existed in the area. There are now an estimated 40 - 50 bear living in and around the park. More...