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    National Recreation Area Georgia

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Notice of Public Review for Trail Connection Project

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Date: February 1, 2010
Contact: Rick Slade, Chief of Science & Resource Management, 678-538-1321

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area would like to invite the public and interested parties to comment on the recently completed draft Environmental Assessment entitled Proposed Trail Connection Project – Bowmans Island West, Johnson Ferry South, and Cochran Shoals/Sope Creek Park Units. The proposed project would replace badly eroded trails and create a new system of connected trails in order to reduce long-term impacts to the environment and enhance recreational opportunities at these three park units. The EA describes the purpose and need for the project, alternatives that were considered, existing conditions at the site, and the effects of the alternatives on natural and cultural resources.

 

Alternatives are being considered for each of the park units. At the Bowmans Island West unit, one action alternative is being considered which would consolidate the two parallel trails that currently exist into one single improved trail and would close approximately ½ mile of eroded trails. Three bridges would also be installed over three eroding streams. Two alternatives are being considered for the Johnson Ferry South unit, both of which would close approximately 1/2 mile of social trails and construct a 0.1 mile segment of new trail to connect the existing trail to a planned underpass on Johnson Ferry Road. Alternative A would allow only hikers to use the trail system and Alternative B would allow multiple users (hikers and bikers) to use the trail. Two alternatives are being considered at the Cochran Shoals/Sope Creek unit, both of which would include constructing approximately 4.3 miles of new trails and closing approximately 5.3 miles of eroded trails. Alternative A would allow for only hikers to use the new trail system and Alternative B would allow for multiple (hikers and bikers) users on 6.7 miles of trails and hikers only on 3.0 miles of trails.

 

The Environmental Assessment may be viewed at the following locations:

  • Park Headquarters – 1978 Island Ford Parkway; Sandy Springs, GA 30350
  • The NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website – http://parkplanning.nps.gov
  • East Cobb Library – 4880 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA

You may submit comments on the document by mail (Superintendent, CRNRA; 1978 Island Ford Parkway; Sandy Springs, GA 30350), electronic mail (e-mail us), or through the PEPC website listed above. Please be aware that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available. While you can ask to have your identity withheld, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. We will always make submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection. The public comment period is open from February 1, 2010 through March 2, 2010.

Did You Know?

Island Ford Visitor Center - Photo by Matt Harr

The Island Ford Visitor Contact Station was once the Summer family home of former Georgia Superior Court Judge Samuel Hewlett. Construction began in the 1930's, using timber from the Okeefenokee Swamp and stone from Stone Mountain, taking six years to complete.