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Mesa Verde National Park Releases a Draft Statement of Findings for Wetlands for Public Review and Comment
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
The National Park Service has released for public review a draft Statement of Findings for Wetlands for a maintenance facility in the Morefield Canyon area of Mesa Verde National Park. It is the intent of the park to mitigate the incremental damage that has occurred over several years to a small natural wetland (about 1/3-acre) next to the facility by constructing a self-sustaining wetland in a more secure location nearby. The public review period is June 28, 2013 to July 29, 2013. Mesa Verde National Park is soliciting comment on this plan.
To access the Draft Statement of Findings, please visit the project's home page on the National Park Service's Planning, Environment and Public Comment web site at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/morefield-dsofw.
If you have questions about the project or would like more information, please contact George San Miguel, Natural Resource Specialist by email or by calling (970) 529-5069.
Did You Know?
The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.