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Updated Fire Management Plan for Yellowstone Open For Public Review

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Date: September 14, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
September 14, 2012     12-080    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Updated Fire Management Plan for Yellowstone Open For Public Review

An updated plan and associated Environmental Assessment (EA) to guide fire management in Yellowstone National Park has been released for public review.

The new plan is an update to the park's 2004 Fire Management Plan and it includes updated information on the environment, information on new fire management policy, and it establishes a one-quarter mile fire suppression zone around all major park developed areas as a way to manage and mitigate fire risk.

The EA analyzes the plan's impact on a variety of relevant issues including visitor use, socioeconomic impacts, fish and wildlife, threatened and endangered species, air and water quality, geology, and wilderness management.

The EA and an electronic form to submit comments on the internet can be found online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ynpfireplan. A hard copy can also be requested by calling (307) 344-2017, or by writing to Compliance Office, Attention: Fire Management EA, National Park Service, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190. 

Written comments may be submitted through the web site, in person or by mail, and must be received or postmarked by midnight, October 19, 2012. Comments will not be accepted by phone, fax, or e-mail, and submitted responses may be made publicly available at any time.  

Once comments are analyzed, the National Park Service will prepare a decision document that states the decision on which alternative is chosen for the final plan. For this project, it is anticipated that a Finding Of No Significant Impact (FONSI) containing details of the decision would be signed by the Regional Director of the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service.

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