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Contact: Fred Herling, Park Planner, 305-242-7704
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Mary Plumb, Public Affairs Officer (Acting), 305-242-7714
Everglades National Park is seeking public comment on its Draft General Management Plan / East Everglades Wilderness Study / Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GMP) through May 12, 2013.
What:Press briefing/presentations, and question and answer opportunity on the Draft GMP.
When/Where:Thursday, March 14, 2013
· Homestead: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., South Florida Natural Resources Center,950 N. Krome Avenue, (First Floor, Superintendent's Conference Room), Homestead, FL 33030
· Key Largo:1:30-3:00 p.m. Key Largo Ranger Station,Florida Bay Interagency Science Center (Conference Room), 98630 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
RSVP Requested:by Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to Mary Plumb,e-mail usor 305.242.7714
Background: The Draft GMP provides broad guidance and describes desired conditions to be achieved and maintained regarding natural and cultural resource protection, appropriate types and levels of visitor activities, and facility improvements and development within its 1.5 million boundary. Also included is a wilderness study for the East Everglades Addition (an area added in 1989, after the park's 1978 wilderness designation). The Draft GMP presents and evaluates the NPS Preferred Alternative and three other alternatives. Superintendent Kimball believes that the Preferred Alternative would most effectively achieve the park's long-term goals for Florida Bay and marine areas, the East Everglades Addition, and important areas like Flamingo and the Gulf Coast site in Everglades City, and be compatible with Everglades ecosystem restoration efforts.
The Draft GMP is available for review and comment at:http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ EVER(then go to the "Open for Comment" link). A limited number of paper copies and compact disks (CDs) of the plan are also available upon request by contacting Everglades National Park at 305-242-7700.