Scoping Period Extended for Denali Park Road Vehicle Management Plan EIS
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
The scoping period for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to develop and implement a plan to manage vehicles along the Denali Park Road has been extended through Wednesday, October 15, 2008, so that members of the public can express their ideas and concerns about the EIS prior to the development of the draft alternatives. 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.
For many years, 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 that has been in place since 1972 has 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 evaluating the park road capacity now, the National Park Service will be able to more effectively handle the projected growth rate in the future.
A reasonable range of alternatives will be developed for consideration that are responsive to significant issues identified through agency and public involvement.
Comments can be submitted by email to http://parkplanning.nps.gov or in writing to:
Denali Park Planning
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Did You Know?
Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.