Portion of National Scenic Trail Near Tupelo Closed to Hikers
Part of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (NOT the Parkway) near Tupelo, MS, has been closed until 2015 due to construction under Tupelo's Major Thoroughfare Construction Project. Parkway travelers may expect delays, but no detours are expected. More »
Statements of Finding for Wetlands and Floodplains
Contact: Kurt Foote, 662-680-4015
The National Park Service (NPS) and the Federal Highway Administration announce the availability of the Statements of Finding (SOFs) for Wetlands and Floodplains: 2.97 Mile Multi-use Trail Segment-Ridgeland, MS. The SOFs will be available on May 14, 2009 for public review. The SOFs have been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Director’s Order 77-1, and Executive Orders 11990 and 11988, to provide guidance in determining appropriate mitigation for potential impacts to wetlands and floodplains as a result of trail construction. This 2.97 mile portion of a planned 21 mile multi-use trail will follow the alignment identified in the September 1995 Multi-use Trail Study Environmental Assessment (EA), Jackson, Mississippi, Natchez Trace Parkway, subject to changes identified during design, and approved by the NPS. In a 1996 Finding of No Significant Impact , the NPS approved the preferred alternative for building a multi-use trail on Parkway lands in the Jackson, Mississippi metropolitan area.
Public Review: The National Park Service considers public involvement to be an important component to a successful planning process. Electronic versions of these documents can be found on the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov.
This site provides access to current plans, environmental impact analyses, and related documents on public review. Users of the site are encouraged to submit comments on these documents while they are available for public review. The documents are located under the Southeast Region, Natchez Trace Parkway. Written comments can be mailed to the address below:
Natchez Trace Parkway
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804
The SOFs will be available for review at the Visitor Center of the Natchez Trace Parkway located at 2680 Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, MS 38804; and on the world-wide-web as indicated above. Please have all comments submitted no later than May 28, 2009. Questions may be directed to Natural Resource Management Specialist Kurt Foote at (662) 680-4015.
Did You Know?
Emerald Mound is the largest Mississippian Period ceremonial mound along the Natchez Trace Parkway, and covers nearly eight acres.