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NPS Releases Abbreviated Final General Management Plan

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Date: September 28, 2011
Contact: Deborah Darden, 304-465-0508


NPS Releases Abbreviated Final General Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement and Foundation Plan

GLEN JEAN -The National Park Service is pleased to announce the availability of the Abbreviated Final General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) and the Foundation Plan for the New River Gorge National River.The document includes an analysis of comments received on the Draft GMP/EIS with NPS responses, errata sheets detailing editorial corrections to the Draft GMP/EIS, and copies of agency and substantive public comments.An abbreviated final GMP/EIS was used because the comments received required only minor responses and editorial changes to the Draft GMP/EIS.No changes were made to the alternatives or to the impact analysis presented in the Draft GMP/EIS and Alternative 5 remains the NPS preferred alternative.

The public release of the Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS will be followed by a 30-day no-action period, after which the NPS will prepare a Record of Decision to document the selected alternative and set forth any stipulations for implementation of the GMP.The Abbreviated Final GMP/EIS and the Draft GMP/EIS constitute the complete and final documentation upon which the Record of Decision will be based.The plan will guide long-term decisions about the preservation and use of New River Gorge National River.

The plan is available online at the park's website (www.nps.gov/neri) or via the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) site at (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/neri).Printed copies (in limited quantity) can be requested by calling (304) 465-6526.

Printed hardcopies can be viewed at the following locations:

-New River Gorge National River -Park Headquarters in Glen Jean

-NPS Canyon Rim Visitor Center -off US 19, north of the New River Gorge Bridge

-NPS Sandstone Visitor Center - near Sandstone, WV


Did You Know?

View of Claypool Falls

The many tributaries of the New River Gorge provide an abundance of cascades and waterfalls on their descent to the New River.