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The National Park Service (NPS) is currently accepting comments on an Environmental Assessment analyzing various proposals to rehabilitate 4.8 miles of the Emigrant Canyon Road, commonly referred to as Lower Wildrose Road, from milepost 20 to milepost 24.8 in Death Valley National Park (Park).This section of Lower Wildrose Road has deteriorated over the years due to flash flooding and presents a hazard to vehicular travel in the Park.
The Park's preferred alternative as identified in the Environmental Assessment is to rehabilitate the road while maintaining the current road alignment. Under this plan of action, the road would be modified in several locations to allow drainage to cross over and under the road, and reinforcement features would also be added to support the road during rain events. The plan for rehabilitation would also include a parking area for people to safely observe the Panamint daisy, a spring-blooming flower that attracts visitors to this region of the Park.
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations, the NPS is conducting a public comment period for review of the completed Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project. The EA is available to download from the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/LowerWildroseRoad.Electronic CD's or hard copies may be obtained by contacting the park at 760-786-3227. Note that the request for electronic or hard copy will not extend the comment period.
Comments are currently being accepted on the final Environmental Assessment Document. Comments must be received no later than November 22, 2011. Public comment may be submitted online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/LowerWildroseRoad.If you do not have website access, you may direct comments regarding this project to the park in writing by mail or hand delivery to:
Death Valley National Park
ATTENTION: Lower Wildrose Road Comments
Notice Regarding FOIA
It is the practice of the NPS to make all comments, including names and addresses of respondents who provide that information, available for public review following the conclusion of the environmental assessment process. Individuals may request that the NPS withhold their name and/or address from public disclosure. If you wish to do this, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. Commentators using the website can make such a request by checking the box "keep my contact information private."NPS will honor such requests to the extent allowable by law, but you should be aware that NPS may still be required to disclose your name and address pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. We will make all submissions from organizations, businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses available for public inspection in their entirety.