February 16, 2012
Jim Milestone, (530) 242-3410
A public scoping meeting will be held on February 29, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. to assist the National Park Service in the planning of two upcoming park projects. The meeting will be held in the Community Room of Redding City Hall at 777 Cypress Avenue, Redding, California. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area staff are currently developing Environmental Assessments (EA's) for 1) managing the park's backcountry and 2) installing a microwave communication system to connect the Whiskey Creek Ranger Station to the park's information technology infrastructure.
Backcountry Management Plan
The National Park Service is preparing a Backcountry Management Plan (BMP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) to guide future management of the park's backcountry. Potential alternatives could include expansion of the trail system in the backcountry, new campgrounds and campsites in more remote areas, and hiker's huts in several locations scattered throughout the park. The park would like to know what you value about Whiskeytown's backcountry as well as any issues or concerns you have regarding how the backcountry is used and managed.
All interested individuals and agencies are encouraged to review potential alternatives and provide comments either at this meeting, online at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/BackcountryManagementPlanScoping, or by mail to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Backcountry Management Plan Comments, P.O. Box 188, Whiskeytown, CA 96095-0188.
Whiskey Creek Ranger Station Communication Link
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing the use of microwave technology to create a communications link between the Park Headquarters and the Whiskey Creek Ranger Office. The Whiskey Creek Ranger Office is located on Whiskey Creek Road and currently only has basic telephone service available. In order to connect to National Park Service computer intranet systems, the NPS is proposing linking this facility to existing information technology infrastructure available at the Park Headquarters. This solution is the most cost effective option to providing data services to this location. In order to create this link, two 30 foot high self-supporting towers with dish antennas would be installed in administrative areas and painted dark green in order to blend in with the surrounding vegetation.
All interested individuals and agencies are encouraged to review potential alternatives and provide comments either at this meeting, online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/WhiskeyCreekCommunicationLink, or by mail to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskey Creek Ranger Office Communications Link, P.O. Box 188, Whiskeytown, CA 96095-0188.