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CNRA Initial Scoping Letter

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Date: September 13, 2013
Contact: Dan Winings, (580) 633-7282

Initial Scoping for an Environmental Assessment for the Construction of a Pedestrian Bridge and Trail System at Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Sulphur, Oklahoma The National Park Service is proposing to collaborate with the Chickasaw Nation on the design and construction of a pedestrian bridge and associated multi-use trail system that would connect Chickasaw National Recreation Area (CNRA) with the Chickasaw Cultural Center and the downtown area of the City of Sulphur. The proposed pedestrian bridge and associated trail designs would promote increased access to CNRA and the surrounding community.

An Environmental Assessment will be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) to provide the decision-making framework. NPS is currently in the initial public scoping phase; wherein public comments are solicited on the project proposal. Before we begin the environmental analysis for this project, we would like to hear your viewpoints on the action and any suggestions or issues you may have regarding this proposal. Comments will be accepted until October 18, 2013. A second opportunity to comment will occur when the DRAFT Environmental Assessment is released to the public for review. Please submit your comments to the following NPS web site address: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/CNRAPedestrianBridge.

If you are not able to submit comments electronically through this website, you may submit written comments to: Superintendent, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, 1008 West Second Street, Sulphur, Oklahoma 73086

Please be advised that names and addresses of respondents may be released if requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular business hours. Individuals may request that we withhold their home address from the record, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which we would withhold from the record a respondent's identity, as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses available for public inspection in their entirety. Anonymous comments may be included in the public record. The National Park Service, however, is not legally required to consider or respond to anonymous comments.

Did You Know?

Historic photograph of the Lincoln Bridge

When the Lincoln Bridge in the Platt Historic District [the former Platt National Park, 1906-1976] of Chickasaw National Recreation Area was dedicated on February 12, 1909, Mrs. Lucy Bennett climbed to the top of a turret and broke a bottle of mineral water on the wall to christen the structure. More...