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For Immediate Release - 9/29/08
Final Curecanti Land Study Released
Connie Rudd, Superintendent of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area (NRA), has announced the release of a final study document that includes recommendations for the future of the NRA.
In 1999, Congress requested that the National Park Service (NPS) conduct a study and make recommendations that would better conserve the natural, cultural, recreational, and scenic resources within and surrounding the NRA. A draft version of the document was released in July 2007 for a 90-day public review and comment period. After written comments were analyzed, the document was amended.
TheCurecanti Final Resource Protection Study / Environmental Impact Statement (RPS/EIS) describes the Proposed Action that will be recommended to Congress. The recommendation includes a variety of cooperative efforts that could occur between NPS and NRA neighbors.
The EIS process will conclude with the release of a Record of Decision (ROD) that documents the National Park Service’s selected alternative. A report containing the study’s findings and recommendations will then be sent to Congress.
The Proposed Action will require legislation and appropriation of funding. However, that decision rests entirely upon Congress.
An eight-page summary of the Final RPS/EIS is available by mail by contacting the NRA. The entire document is available to examine at local libraries, and can also be downloaded from the following website: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/cure.
For additional information or to have a copy of the summary document mailed to you, contact NRA headquarters at 970-641-2337 ext. 0.
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