Park Invites Public Comment on Proposed Construction of Smokemont Riding Stables Facilities
Contact: Public Affairs Office, (865) 436-1207
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate alternatives for the construction of new concession facilities at Smokemont Riding Stables approximately six miles north of Cherokee, NC. The public is invited to comment on the topics analyzed in the EA as part of the planning process.
The National Park Service proposes to construct a barn with 35-36 stalls, hayshed, manure storage shed, horse wash rack, office, covered tie stalls with 26-36 stalls, employee break area, horse loading platform, firewood shed, water well, and fencing with gates. The proposed project will replace existing concession facilities, some of which were constructed in the early 1960s including the main barn. The proposed facilities will be constructed by the National Park Service using a portion of franchise fees paid by concessioners that is available for these needed improvements.
The proposed facilities will be constructed on lands occupied by the existing facilities along with an adjacent area formerly used as a wastewater treatment plant and recreational vehicle dump station. The EA will evaluate the potential impacts of these actions as they relate to such topics as water resources, vegetation, soils, wildlife, floodplains, archaeological
The EA has been posted and is available for public review on the NPS Planning website athttp://parkplanning.nps.gov/
COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BYMarch 14, 2014. Written comments may be received later if postmarked byMarch 14, 2014. Please address written comments to:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
Comments may also be submitted on the NPS Planning website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/
The EA and public involvement requirements are being performed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA will be on public review for 30 days. For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 865-436-1207.
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