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National Park Service Seeks Public Involvement in Wilderness Planning

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Date: June 9, 2009
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell E. Galipeau Jr. invites the public to attend open houses on June 17th in Ventura and June 18th in Santa Barbara to learn about and comment on the wilderness proposal process for Channel Islands National Park.

For the past several years the National Park Service (NPS) has been working on a revision to the General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for Channel Islands National Park, which is the guiding document for park management for the next 15 to 20 years.

This planning effort is expanding to include a wilderness study to determine if any portions of the park should be recommended for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System as defined in the Wilderness Act of 1964.

The information contributed will be used to develop alternative wilderness proposals as part of the General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement. The park’s enabling legislation requires the agency to develop this wilderness study. However, any wilderness designation in the park would require an act of Congress.

The public is invited to attend an open house to obtain additional information and submit comments on the wilderness proposal for Channel Islands National Park:

Wednesday, June 17 – Ventura
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Channel Island National Park
Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, California 93001
805-658-5730

Thursday, June 18 – Santa Barbara
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara Public Library
Faulkner Gallery  
40 E. Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
805-564-5608

For additional information about the planning process check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chis or via e-mail at CHIS_GMP@NPS.GOV.

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