National Park Service Seeks Comments on Environmental Assessment for Rock Outcrop Management Plan
Park Superintendent Martha Bogle announced today that the public is invited to review and comment on the revised Shenandoah National Park Rock Outcrop Management Plan (ROMP) and Environmental Assessment (EA).
The EA has been prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to provide the decision framework for the following:
Shenandoah National Park has completed an extensive three-year project to inventory the natural resources of, and assess recreation use and impacts to, rock outcrops and cliff areas in the park. The results are a Rock Outcrop Management Plan and Climbing Management Guidelines that meet the park mission's goal to preserve resources and allow recreation activities at an acceptable level of impact. The plans are based on scientific inventories and research, which involved hikers, climbers, nature enthusiasts, and other park supporters who could be affected by park management decisions.
The National Park Service encourages public participation through the NEPA process. The public has the opportunity to comment on the EA until December 13, 2012. The EA is available for review and comment online at the National Park Service park planning website http://parkplanning.nps.gov/shen. Comments may be posted online or sent to: Superintendent, Shenandoah National Park, Attention: ROMP EA, 3655 U.S. Highway 211 East, Luray, VA, 22835.
Did You Know?
The 600' long Marys Rock Tunnel was completed in 1932 and the public considered it a scenic wonder. It became iconic and tunnel images were used on everything from post cards to jewelry.