A. Introduction to Alternatives.
The planning team's Environmental Assessment, issued September 1980
in final form, presented two alternatives. Alternative one, titled "no
action," and Alternative two, describing facilities and development
plans of a more extensive nature. Land acquisition plans for resource
protection were not included, and weren't made public until the Draft
Land Acquisition Plan was published in January 1981.
Alternative 3, was introduced by a group of citizens led by James
Harrison, of Euliss, Texas. Harrison, a member of one of the affected
landowner families, and supporters included alternative 3 in public
comment meetings and written comments in the form of a letter campaign
for the alternative.
As an apparent response to public meetings and discussions, the
"Concerned citizens alternative 4" received letter support.
B. Description of NPS alternatives.
|PRIMARY VISITOR CONTACT||none
||At U.S. 385/Rt. 2627 Intersection|
|DESIGNATED RIVER ACCESS||Existing
||La Linda area|
|ROAD IMPROVEMENTS||none||Approximately 35 miles|
* Order of. site preference
C. Description of Alternative 3.
No primary visitor contact facility would be provided
The NPS would provide an administration unit at Panther Junction by
adding to existing facilities at Big Bend National Park
Present and existing roads and access points to the river would be
utilized consistent with present private and commercial use
No interest in land would be acquired by the federal government
Wild and Scenic designations would be revised to reflect the law
Historical usage would be allowed to continue on all of the river
D. Description of Alternative 4.
The river should remain in the Wild & Scenic River System
Keep it wild & with little development
Use by permit, have NPS patrols, acquire areas for resource protection
Continue historic use, allow free public access by
agreement with landowner(s), remove roads and structures in the
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