Lost Valley Environmental Assessment
Contact: Caven Clark, 870-365-2790
The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated work on an Environmental Assessment (EA) and is seeking public and agency input for the proposed Lost Valley Flood Repairs project to determine if the project could potentially result in any significant impacts to the natural or human environment. The EA will evaluate potential impacts to the natural, cultural, and human environment from construction and operations activities related to the proposed action and will be available for public review in the spring of 2013.
The NPS is seeking comments from the public and agencies to help identify issues and concerns for the planning process and the EA analysis. The purpose of the project is to relocate a portion of the Lost Valley hiking trail outside of the Clark Creek floodplain, construct the relocated portion to meet Architectural Barriers Act standards, install a new bridge from the parking lot over Clark Creek, remove the handicap campsite adjacent to the previous bridge location, and permanently close the campground and restore the area to its pre-development native condition.
At this time, we are initiating a public scoping period that will be open for 30 days. During this scoping period, the public is invited to identify any issues or concerns they may have with the proposed project so that they may be appropriately considered in the EA. Additional information may be found and comments may be submitted online at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov or by mailing them to: Lost Valley EA at the following address: Buffalo National River, 402 N. Walnut, Suite 136, Harrison, Arkansas 72601 All scoping comments must be received by October 6, 2012.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Buffalo National River has housekeeping cabins that were constructed in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps? These rustic cabins are available for lodging at Buffalo Point.