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    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

FONSI Signed for Vista Clearing

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Date: April 20, 2009
Contact: Phyllis Trabold, 423.569.2404 ext 247

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area officials have completed the Environmental Assessment - Vista Management Plan: Big South Fork Scenic Railway and determined that the proposed project resulted in a determination of a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) per the National Environmental Policy Act. The Preferred Alternative, Alternative B, Selective Clearing with Exotic Species Removal, was chosen and will be implemented.  National Park Service Southeast Regional Director, David Vela signed the FONSI on April 10, 2009. 

Copies of the final Environmental Assessment Vista Management Plan - Big South Fork Scenic Railway at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area are available by contacting Park Headquarters by phone at 423-569-9778 or via email

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...