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Snake River Headwaters EA Available for Public Review

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Date: May 6, 2013
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393

Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway and the National Elk Refuge released today for public review the Snake River Headwaters Comprehensive River Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (CRMP/EA). Prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this environmental assessment will be open for review and comment for 57 days from May 6 - June 30, 2013. 

The CRMP/EA was prepared for the newly designated wild and scenic Snake River and its tributaries that are managed by the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  Bridger-Teton National Forest developed a separate but concurrent plan for U.S. Forest Service (USFS) managed river segments. These comprehensive river management plans provide long-term guidance for protecting and enhancing the entire Snake River headwaters administered by the NPS and USFWS. 

During the review period, the NPS, USFWS and USFS will hold two open houses: Tuesday, June 4 at Moran Elementary School (gymnasium), 2 Central St., Moran WY; and Wednesday, June 5, Teton County Library (auditorium), 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson WY. Both are from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Information on both the NPS/USFWS and USFS plans will be provided and staff will be available to answer questions. 

The NPS/USFWS plan examines three alternatives for long-term management of wild and scenic-designated rivers within and along the boundaries of Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway and the National Elk Refuge. The NPS/USFWS preferred alternative is Alternative C. Under this alternative, the Snake River headwaters would be managed as a more primitive, undeveloped, natural setting with modest improvements to enhance resource conditions and visitor experience. 

Comments on the plan can be submitted online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/snakeriver or in writing to Superintendent, Grand Teton National Park, PO Drawer 170, Moose, WY 83012. Comments submitted via U.S. Postal Service must be postmarked by June 30, 2013.

Copies of the Snake River Headwaters CRMP/EA are available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/snakeriver. To request a CD, contact the park at 307.739.3465. Hard copies of the CRMP/EA are also available at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming and at the Teton County Library reference desk. 

Individuals who choose to submit a comment should know that any responses given, including personally identifying information, could be made public at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public access can be made but the NPS and USFWS may not be able to honor such a request.

Did You Know?

Bill Menors Ferry

Did you know that until the 1890s no one had settled on the west bank of the Snake River in the central part of Jackson Hole? William “Bill” Menor built a ferry at Moose to shuttle patrons across the river, the only reliable crossing point between Wilson and Moran.