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Release of the Environmental Assessment for
Rehabilitation of Historic Lincoln Tavern
The public is invited to request a copy of the Environmental Assessment of the proposal to rehabilitate the Historic Lincoln Tavern and upgrade facilities at the Boyhood Home Unit of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. The purpose of this document is to analyze potential impacts to the human environment arising out of the proposed rehabilitation of the historic Lincoln Tavern as well as the construction and upgrading of related visitor facilities. The environmental assessment examines two alternatives: a no-action alternative (continue current management without rehabilitation) and an action alternative (rehabilitate the historic Lincoln Tavern and upgrade facilities at the Boyhood Home Unit).
Under the park's preferred alternative, the National Park Service would develop additional visitor-use facilities at the Boyhood Home Unit. The principal feature of this alternative is the proposed restoration and rehabilitation of the historic Lincoln Tavern. Once rehabilitated, the historic Lincoln Tavern would be used as a visitor contact station. This alternative would also involve the development or improvement of visitor use facilities in other parts of the Boyhood Home Unit. Specific actions would include modification of the parking area to enhance visitor safety, restoration and improvement of existing trails, especially the Overlook and the section of the Kentucky Lincoln Trail located in the park, as well as installation of connecting walkways and a garden near the historic Lincoln Tavern. Connecting trails in the vicinity of the tavern would be handicapped accessible.
The Environmental Assessment for the proposed rehabilitation of the Historic Lincoln Tavern and facilities upgrade is available for a 30-day comment period that ends on December 17, 2010. The document may be downloaded from the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov. We prefer that comments be provided on the PEPC website. Copies of the document are also available by calling the park.
Public involvement is critical to the support and development of important resource protection efforts at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. Mailed comments may be directed to: Superintendent, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, 2995 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville, Kentucky 42748.