Snake River Headwaters Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review
National Park Service
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
This plan was prepared for the newly designated wild and scenic Snake River and tributaries that are managed by the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The Bridger-Teton National Forest has developed a separate but concurrent plan for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) managed river segments. This comprehensive river management plan provides long-term guidance for protecting and enhancing the entire Snake River Headwaters administered by the NPS and USFWS.
During the review period, the NPS, USFWS and USFS will hold two open houses: Tuesday, June 4 at Moran Elementary School (gymnasium), 2 Central St., Moran WY; and Wednesday, June 5, Teton County Library (auditorium), 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson WY. Both are from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Information on both the NPS/USFWS and USFS plans will be provided and staff will be available to answer questions.
The plan examines three alternatives for long-term management of wild and scenic-designated rivers within and along the boundaries of Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway and the National Elk Refuge. The NPS/USFWS preferred alternative is Alternative C.
Comments on the plan can be submitted online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/snakeriver or in writing to Superintendent, Grand Teton National Park, PO Drawer 170, Moose, WY 83012. Comments submitted via U.S. Postal Service must be postmarked by June 30, 2013.
Copies of the Snake River Headwaters CRMP/EA are available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/snakeriver. To request a CD, contact the park at 307-739-3465. Hard copies of the CRMP/EA are also available at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming and at the Teton County Library reference desk.
Individuals who choose to submit a comment should know that any responses given, including personally identifying information, could be made public at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public access can be made but the NPS and USFWS may not be able to honor such a request.
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.