February 13, 2013
Contact: Bruce Leutscher
(Munising, MICH.) The National Park Service has released a summary of comments received during public scoping for the personal watercraft use environmental assessment underway Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It is available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/piropwc.
On October 9, 2012, the National Park Service (NPS) released a Public Scoping Newsletter for the Personal Watercraft Use Environmental Assessment at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to the public for review and comment. The newsletter included a description of the project background, purpose and need, project objectives, project issues, and a list of preliminary alternative concepts. The newsletter was available for public review until November 9, 2012.
During the scoping period, public meetings were held in Munising, Marquette, and Grand Marais. NPS staff was on hand to visit with meeting attendees, answer questions, and accept handwritten comments. Comments were also accepted at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website.
The NPS read and analyzed all public correspondence received during the scoping period. A summary of public comments is provided in the "Pictured Rocks NL PWC Public Scoping Comments Summary Report," which may be viewed and downloaded on the NPS PEPC website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/piropwc.
Once at the website, navigate to the Document List section by selecting that option from the left side of the screen. The report contains an introduction, some statistical comment analysis, concern statements, and a selection of representative quotes from individuals and organizations.
Also posted is a document containing all of the public correspondence received during the public scoping period. This document, "Pictured Rocks NL PWC Public Scoping Comments - All Correspondence" can also be viewed and downloaded on the above website.