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    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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Public comments are invited for improvements to Rock House and Rock Spring Area

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Date: March 11, 2009
Contact: Danette Woo, (760) 255-6107

The National Park Service (NPS) has released an Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed visitor education and accessibility improvements at Rock House and Rock Spring in Mojave National Preserve. Both features are points of interest for visitors to the Preserve; the proposed action bridges these features with a connecting trail. Work is also proposed to clean the surrounding local area, improve access to the Rock House, treat the wood features of the Rock House, and install educational wayside exhibits. The environmental assessment describes two options for the connecting trail.

The proposed action addresses preservation of the Rock House, easier access to the house for visitors, site cleanup, a connecting trail between the Rock House and Rock Spring, and installation of wayside exhibits to enhance the visitor experience. None of these actions pose any effect to the cultural or historic values of the Rock House.

Rock House and Rock Spring lie outside of desert tortoise critical habitat and wilderness. Neither will be affected by the proposed action. 

The National Park Service (NPS) has released an Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed visitor education and accessibility improvements at Rock House and Rock Spring in Mojave National Preserve. Both features are points of interest for visitors to the Preserve; the proposed action bridges these features with a connecting trail. Work is also proposed to clean the surrounding local area, improve access to the Rock House, treat the wood features of the Rock House, and install educational wayside exhibits. The environmental assessment describes two options for the connecting trail.

The proposed action addresses preservation of the Rock House, easier access to the house for visitors, site cleanup, a connecting trail between the Rock House and Rock Spring, and installation of wayside exhibits to enhance the visitor experience. None of these actions pose any effect to the cultural or historic values of the Rock House.

Rock House and Rock Spring lie outside of desert tortoise critical habitat and wilderness. Neither will be affected by the proposed action. 

The EA is posted on the Internet at www.nps.gov/moja. This news release is being mailed to public libraries in California and Nevada to facilitate public review. A thirty-day public comment period is provided to allow sufficient time for document review and submission of written comments. To receive consideration, all comments must be entered into the public Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) system (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/moja) or submitted in writing, postmarked no later than April 10, 2009. Inquiries and comments on the EA should be directed to:

Superintendent
RE: Rock House-Rock Spring Project
Mojave National Preserve
2701 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311

Did You Know?

photo of detail on Kelso Depot.

The railroad town of Kelso in Mojave National Preserve was named in 1905 by railroad construction workers. Two men placed their names in a hat, along with that of a third who had just moved away. The name drawn from the hat was that of John H. Kelso, the man absent from the drawing. More...