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Yellowstone Lake Area Plan Approved

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Date: April 24, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
April 24, 2012          12-024    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Yellowstone Lake Area Plan Approved

A long-term plan for limited development in the Lake area of Yellowstone National Park has been approved.

A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for a plan placing limits on future development at Lake Village, Fishing Bridge, and Bridge Bay was signed by the National Park Service Intermountain Region Director on April 17, 2012. An Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzed three alternatives was released for public review and comment in February 2012.

In response to public comments, the National Park Service selected the preferred alternative, with modifications, including a reduction in sites and in the paved area originally proposed for the Fishing Bridge RV Park.

The Lake Area Comprehensive Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) takes a zoning approach to limiting the development footprint, setting design standards, and outlining infrastructure projects which may occur over the next 10-15 years as funding becomes available. It builds upon management actions from the past several decades designed to reduce human impacts on grizzly bears in the Lake Area. These actions have contributed toward recovery of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by significantly reducing human-caused bear mortalities in the Fishing Bridge area.

Among the projects addressed are replacement of 70 year old water lines, seismic stabilization for the Lake Hotel, and adaptive use of some historic structures.

Copies of the EA, FONSI, and final plan are available on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/lakecompplan. A hard copy of the FONSI, EA and final plan are available upon request by writing to the Lake Comprehensive Plan, National Park Service, P. O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.

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