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Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)
Brecksville, Ohio – The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Final Trail Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) has been released and published in the Federal Register for public notification.
The Record of Decision completes the Trail Management Plan process and provides the National Park Service the ability to begin with implementation of the Selected Alternative of the Plan.
"We thank the general public and our partners for their participation in the plan process," said Paul Stoehr, Acting Superintendent. "We have begun to outline a strategy for the Trail Plan’s implementation, which is one of the major tenets of our Trails Forever program. We look forward to continued community involvement as we work with volunteers and partners to develop the new trails outlined in the plan."
The Final Trail Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement establishes a blueprint to guide the expansion, restoration, management, operations and use of the trail system and its associated amenities over the next 15 years, in keeping with the purpose, mission and significance of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Key elements of the Preferred Alternative include the following:
- Adoption of updated Sustainable Trail Guidelines
- Restoration of existing trails with Sustainable Trail Design methods and management practices
- Creation of new trails that offer new trail experiences for a variety of trail users
- Creation of new trail amenities that will enhance trail experiences within the park; and
- Opportunities for trail connections within the park and with regional and local trail systems
Both the ROD and Final Trail Management Plan/EIS are available online at the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment website. www.parkplanning.nps.gov/cuyahogatrailplan.
For more information about the park’s Trails Forever program visit www.nps.gov/cuva/trails-forever.htm.
CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.