Yellowstone National Park Seeks Public Comment On Stephens Creek Management Plan
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307) 344-2012
Yellowstone National Park is seeking public comment on a plan to limit future development and restore portions of the Stephens Creek Administrative Area northwest of Gardiner, Montana.
An environmental assessment (EA) with details on the proposed work is now available for public review and comment. Under the preferred alternative, the size of the developed area would be capped at 43 acres. Efforts would be made to reduce visual impacts of existing outdoor storage and restore native vegetation to benefit wildlife habitat. Funding would be sought through private sources to build a new barn within the existing developed area to support park stock operations. The bison capture facility located at Stephens Creek was previously addressed in the 2000 Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Interagency Bison Management Plan.
The environmental assessment and an electronic form to submit comments on the internet can be found at the National Park Service’s Planning, Environmental and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. The environmental assessment is also available by contacting Resource Management and Visitor Protection, Stephens Creek Administrative Area EA, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.
Written comments may be submitted through the PEPC website, in person, or by mail. Comments will not be accepted over the phone, by fax, or e-mail. All public comments must be received or postmarked by midnight, July 14, 2006.
The National Park Service makes all comments available for public review at the conclusion of the National Environmental Policy Act process. Individuals wishing to have their name and/or address withheld from public disclosure must state their request prominently at the beginning of their comment; however, the NPS may be required to release this information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. All submissions from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.
Did You Know?
There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.