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National Park Service Extends Public Comment Period For Draft Environmental Impact Statement On Benefits Sharing

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Date: December 6, 2006
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307) 344-2012

The public has an additional 45 days to submit comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Benefits Sharing.  The original comment period began on September 22 and was scheduled to end on December 15.  The public now has until January 29, 2007, to comment.

The Draft EIS addresses whether the National Park Service (NPS) should benefit from commercial applications arising from research in the parks.  This document and an electronic form to submit comments on the internet can be found at the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov.   Select “Washington Office” under “Choose a park” and then click “Benefits Sharing”.  The Draft EIS is also available on CD or in hard copy by writing the Benefits Sharing DEIS Team, Yellowstone Center for Resources, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.

Written comments may be submitted through the PEPC website, in person, or by mail to the above address.  Comments will not be accepted over the phone, by fax, or e-mail.   All public comments must be received or postmarked by midnight, January 29, 2007.

Did You Know?

Upper Geyser Basin Hydrothermal Features on a Winter Day.

Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including over 300 geysers, in the park.