Environmental Assessment for Inholder Access to Stampede Creek Area of Denali National Park Available For Comment
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
An Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluating proposed Inholder Access to the Stampede Creek Area of Denali National Park and Preserve is now available for public review and comment, announced Park Superintendent Paul Anderson. The National Park Service (NPS) is considering issuing Right of Way Certificates of Access (RWCA) to two inholders with property on Stampede Creek. RWCAs are contract agreements to document and authorize inholder access rights established by Section 1110(b) of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). The inholders fly to the Stampede Airstrip and use small motorized vehicles to transport themselves and equipment to their property two miles upstream.
These RWCAs would authorize on park lands the following activities requested by the inholders:
The EA for this project is titled “Environmental Assessment for Inholder Access to the Stampede Creek Area of Denali National Park.” It is available at the NPS planning web site at parkplanning.nps.gov. The EA analyzes the impacts of the proposed action and the no-action alternative. It was completed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1508.9).
Comments on the EA may be submitted through August 10, 2009, preferably via the web site at parkplanning.nps.gov. Comments may also be sent via mail to Steve Carwile, Denali Compliance Project Manager, NPS Alaska Regional Office, 240 West 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501; faxed to (907) 644-3803 or e-mail us.
For questions about the EA or to obtain a hard copy of the document, contact Steve Carwile via his email address or call (907) 644-3612.
Did You Know?
Recent climate warming has affected Denali in ways that are readily apparent, such as reduced spring snowfall, earlier snowmelt, earlier green-up and thawing of permanent snowfields. Subarctic ecosystems, like Denali, are extremely sensitive to climate variability and change.