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Caverns Seeks Comments on Cave and Karst Assessment

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Date: December 14, 2006
Contact: Paul Burger, 505.785.3106
Contact: Bridget Litten, 505.785.3024

Carlsbad Caverns National Park superintendent John Benjamin has announced that the environmental assessment (EA) for the Carlsbad Caverns Cave and Karst Management Plan is available for public review and comment.

The EA proposes to modify how the park’s cave and karst resources are managed—from how park caves are accessed to how cave monitoring, data collection, and research is conducted. In addition, the EA proposes to expand the scope of education and outreach. “Our goal is to make Carlsbad Caverns National Park one of the premier sources of cave and karst education and knowledge on the planet,” said Benjamin. “This plan moves us towards that goal.”

Visitor service operations, concession operations, cooperating association operations, and National Park Service (NPS) personnel management are not a part of this management plan.

The public is invited to comment on the EA during the 30-day comment period that ends January 12, 2007. These comments will be considered in evaluating the EA and making decisions pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Comments may be submitted via email to the NPS’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cave) or via US Mail to: Cave and Karst Management Plan EA Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad, NM  88220-5354.

The document is available at the park’s administrative office, in Carlsbad; on the PEPC website; on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/cave/parkmgmt/planning.htm and at the Carlsbad Municipal Library.

For additional information on the environmental assessment, please contact Paul Burger at 505.785.3106. To be placed on a mailing list to receive other planning-related information, contact public affairs specialist Bridget Litten at 505.785.3024.

Did You Know?

Bowl flax.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains one of the few protected portions of the northern Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.