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The National Park Service has prepared a foundation document to guide planning and management of Congaree National Park. The park would like to invite the public to provide input about the document during a 30-day comment period beginning August 1, 2014. The document can be accessed online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/cong-draftfoundationdoc.
The foundation document is a tool for future management and planning decisions at Congaree National Park. It examines the park's core purpose and significance, its most important resources and values and the interpretive themes that tell the park's important stories. Because many of Congaree's planning documents are out of date, preparing a foundation document is the first step for considering the park's future planning and study needs. Although the document does not make decisions about the future of the park, it describes what is most important about the park.
The National Park Service invites the public to play a role in the process. This input will be taken into consideration by the project team. We are seeking suggestions for us to take into account as we engage in follow up planning. You may submit your feedback online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/cong-draftfoundationdoc or by mail: Superintendent, Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins, SC29061. All comments must be received by August 31, 2014.
Congaree National Park protects the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States, with approximately 21,710 acres (82 percent of the park's total acreage) as designated wilderness. The Wilderness Act, signed into law in 1964, established the highest level of conservation protection for federal lands. For more information about Congaree visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.