Mammoth Cave NP begins public scoping for cave management plan
Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., June 2, 2014 – Mammoth Cave National Park Acting Superintendent Russell Runge announced planning has begun for development of a cave management plan for the park. The park is now seeking public comment regarding the scope of the plan, June 2 through July, 31, 2014.
"This plan will address how we manage the park caves," said Runge. "Research projects, construction and maintenance of tour trails, cave wildlife, and water quality are a few of the items that park staff have asked to be included in the scope of the plan. Now we are asking cave constituents and the public in general to give us their ideas."
As planning begins, park staff will compile a list of items and actions that need to be considered in the planning process; the list will comprise the scope of the plan.
"Comments from the public will help shape the cave management plan's development," said Runge.
In order to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, environmental documentation (an Environmental Assessment or an Environmental Impact Statement) will be completed. The public scoping period will be open June 2 through July 31, 2014.
The public may provide written comments about the scope of the project online at the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/maca, or by letter to Mammoth Cave National Park, Attn: Ranger Larry Johnson, P.O. Box 7, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259.
Comments are typically treated as public record and made available for public review. Individuals may request that the National Park Service withhold their name and address from disclosure. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowable by law.
Did You Know?
Mammoth Cave is the world's longest known cave, with more than 400 miles of interconnected passages—so long that if the second and third longest caves in the world were joined together, Mammoth Cave would still be the planet's longest cave and have more than 100 miles left over!