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Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 803-647-3969
The National Park Service is seeking public input on an Environmental Assessment (EA) and draft management plan for non-native wild pigs within Congaree National Park. The purpose of the plan is to reduce natural and cultural resource impacts associated with wild pigs and to reduce risks to human health and safety. The EA associated with the management plan analyzes potential impacts to the human environment resulting from wild pig management. There are two alternatives analyzed: Alternative A (no action/continue current management) and Alternative B (implement an integrated non-native wild pig management plan).There is also a Minimum Requirements Analysis on the alternatives to address potential effects to designated wilderness and identify best practices to mitigate those impacts.
Ideas and concerns expressed by those who comment will be used to prepare the final proposal and impact analysis. Those who wish to review and comment on the document may do so by visiting the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/congwildpig or by mail: Superintendent, Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins, SC29061. All comments must be received by September 30, 2014. Comments are typically treated as a public record and made available for public review. Individuals may request that the National Park Service withhold their name and address from disclosure. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowable by law.
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.