Notice of Availability for NPS Environmental Assessment for Interpretive Tram Tour

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Date: March 31, 2013
Contact: Shauna Allen, Chief of Resource Stewardship and Partnerships, (904) 221-7567 ext. 115

The National Park Service, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is proposing to improve the interpretive connectivity and visitor mobility between the Kingsley Plantation and the Ribault Club by providing an interpretive tram service. The proposed project would also include a new maintenance and storage facility for the trams and transportation stops at Kingsley Plantation and the Ribault Club. The proposed site for the maintenance and storage facility is located at the site of the "Johnson Barn" on Fort George Island and is adjacent to the Kingsley Plantation. The proposed tram would utilize existing infrastructure by operating along L'Engle Avenue and the Multi-use Trail, with the interpretive tram tour traveling in both directions along this route and requiring the vehicle to turn around at Kingsley Plantation and the Ribault Club. The route is 3.4 miles round trip. Visitors could board the tram at either site from the Kingsley Plantation parking lot and the Ribault Club driveway. The Multi-use Trail provides the best opportunity for historic and ecological interpretation and allows us to maximize visitor opportunity to learn about the history and ecology of Fort George Island.

An environmental analysis has been conducted to evaluate the environmental impacts of this proposed action and has been documented in an Environmental Assessment (EA). The proposed action described in the preceding paragraph has been selected as the preferred alternative. The EA is available for review on the internet at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment site: Paper copies of the EA are available upon request; contact Shauna Allen at 904-221-5568.

The NPS will host an open house for the public to learn more about the proposed project and provide comments. Comments will be accepted until April 30, 2013.

Interpretive Tram Tour Open House

Date: April 11, 2013

Time: 5 - 7 pm

Location: Broward House, 9953 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226

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