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Contact: John Apel, Chief Resource Management, 208-527-1350
Contact: Doug Neighbor, 208-527-1300
Superintendent Doug Neighbor has announced proposed improvements to the North Crater Flow Trail and rehabilitation of the Lava Flow Campground. Both projects are intended to increase accessibility and to improve visitor experience and resource protection.
Although these are separate projects, comments are being requested now as both undergo initial planning. Upon approval and completion, the North Crater Flow Trail would have improved accessibility for all visitors, but especially those visitors with disabilities, while new interpretive waysides would better introduce visitors to volcanic features along the trail and in the monument. The campground rehabilitation would also improve accessibility, including a possible increase in the number of accessible and pull-through campsites as well as paving of parking pads to minimize erosion of volcanic cinders.
"We want to know what people think about the proposed rehabilitation of the trail and campground. We are trying to find out what issues are important to ensure that they are included in the environmental impact analysis process," said Superintendent Neighbor.
Those wishing to provide comments should submit them in writing as soon as possible, but no later than February 9, 2011 to:
Craters of the Moon National Monument
P.O. Box 29, Arco, Idaho 83213
via the internet at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/crmo.
Questions about the proposed projects can be directed to Chief Integrated Resources Management, John Apel at (208) 527-1350.
Please contact the park if you wish to be added to the mailing list for more information about this project. Remember that unless requested otherwise, a list of all those that comment during public review periods, including their addresses, is available upon request.
Another opportunity for public comments will be available later this year when separate environmental assessments for these projects are released. The environmental assessments will analyze alternatives and issues derived from comments provided.