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    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Denali Park Road Vehicle Management Plan Newsletter Now Available

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Date: December 17, 2008
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583

The National Park Service has released a newsletter with the summary of the comments received during public scoping for the Denali Park Road Vehicle Management Plan and EIS. The newsletter highlights the comments provided during the project’s initial scoping period this fall. The newsletter and additional information on this issue is posted on the Denali National Park and Preserve website at: http://www.nps.gov/dena/parkmgmt/roadvehmgteis.htm.

The National Park Service intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to develop and implement a plan to manage vehicles along the Denali Park Road. The goal of the plan is to provide a high quality experience for visitors while protecting wilderness resource values, scenic values, wildlife, other park resources, and maintaining the unique character of the park road.

A reasonable range of alternatives will be developed for consideration that are responsive to significant issues identified through agency and public involvement.

Since 1972, the established transportation system has been an effective mechanism to manage vehicle use while providing for quality visitor opportunities along the park road. However, the transportation system and the current vehicle use limits have never been comprehensively evaluated. There is a growing demand for the park road experience, and trends indicate that visitation to Alaska and the Denali area will continue to increase. By determining the carrying capacity of the park road and evaluating the transportation system, we will be able to more effectively manage projected future growth.

Please contact the Denali Park Planning Team with questions or comments about the project by clicking on e-mail us, or by mail at Denali Park Planning, P.O. Box 588, Talkeetna, AK 99676.

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