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Ross Lake National Recreation Area Final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement Released

Diablo Lake from Sourdough Mountain in Ross Lake National Recreation Area
Diablo Lake view from Sourdough Mountain.
NPS/Michael Silverman

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News Release Date: December 1, 2011
Contact: Charles Beall, 360-854-7302

The National Park Service today released the Ross Lake National Recreation Area Final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. "This final plan is the culmination of five years of planning and work with people that love the North Cascades," said North Cascades National Park Complex Superintendent Chip Jenkins. "Over the course of developing this plan, we received close to two thousand comments. Thanks to this involvement, I believe we have a plan that speaks to the needs of the park and the public."

The purpose of the Ross Lake National Recreation Area Final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement is to articulate a vision and overall management direction for Ross Lake National Recreation Area (NRA) that will guide decision-making for the next 15 to 20 years. This plan sets forth clear actions to manage Ross Lake NRA as a gateway to millions of acres of wilderness by providing enhanced recreational and educational opportunities along the North Cascades Highway, maintaining the wilderness character of Ross Lake, and ensuring long-term ecosystem health.

People are encouraged to review the complete document, learn about the proposed actions for Ross Lake NRA, and submit comments by visiting the National Park Service's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/RossLakeNRA. Paper and CD-ROM versions of the plan can be requested by calling (360) 854-7328 or e-mail us.

A 30 day "no action period" will begin in mid-December after the publication of a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.

"We have many goals set for us in the coming years; goals that have come from the public's active involvement in this planning process and goals that we cannot meet without their ongoing help and support," said Superintendent Jenkins. "I personally thank everyone who shared their time and energy to help make the Ross Lake National Recreation Area what it is today and what it will be in years to come: a place for fun, adventure, and education - where nature and wildness thrive."

Photos are available for download and use.

Final Ross Lake NRA General Management Plan Newsletter (PDF).

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