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Master Plan and Environmental Assessment Being Prepared for the NPS Headquarters and Warehouse Sites 55-07

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Date: December 12, 2007
Contact: Roxanne Dey, 702.293.8691

The National Park Service (NPS) is in the process of preparing a Master Plan for the NPS Headquarters and Warehouse sites for Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Boulder City, Nevada. The purpose of the plan is to resolve space deficiencies and organizational inefficiencies. Currently, NPS staff stationed in Boulder City are dispersed between numerous facilities at different locations. Some of these facilities are portable modular units, and some are historic buildings. 

In May 2006, the NPS contracted an architectural firm to develop a Space Utilization and Value Analysis Study for the Headquarters and Warehouse sites.The study included alternatives that consider utilization of both the Headquarters and Warehouse sites and an alternative that considers complete consolidation of all NPS programs at the Warehouse site. Once completed, the Master Plan would provide comprehensive guidance for long-term, sustainable development of the NPS Headquarters and Warehouse sites and allow for more efficient park operations.  Aspects of the project would occur in phases as funding becomes available. Funding is available for the first phase of the project, which proposes the construction of an Interagency Communications Center within the Warehouse site.

An environmental assessment will be prepared to evaluate the alternatives identified in the space utilization and value analysis study and to identify other potential alternatives, including no action. Officials at Lake Mead National Recreation Area encourage input from the public on alternatives and potential issues and impacts that should be addressed in the environmental assessment. Written comments, which must be mailed by January 18, 2008, should be addressed to: Superintendent, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Attn: Compliance Office, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, Nevada 89005.  Comments may also be submitted via the internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/

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A flowering Mohave Yucca

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