Warner Valley Comprehensive Site Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement
The Warner Valley Comprehensive Site Plan (CSP) was developed to address natural and cultural resource conflicts in Warner Valley in an integrated way. The plan is focused on the protection of the cultural landscape at Drakesbad Guest Ranch and the historic and cultural resources in Warner Valley. In particular, the plan includes protection measures for unique natural resources including sensitive wetlands and the geothermal features in the surrounding areas. The plan also addresses visitor access, facilities, and programs.
Record of Decision
The Record of Decision for the Warner Valley Comprehensive Site Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement was signed by NPS Regional Director Christine Lehnertz in March 2011. This document includes a history of the project and the rationale for choosing among alternative actions, as well as a description of the natural and cultural resource improvement projects included in the selected alternative.
Drakesbad Meadow Restoration
In the park's Warner Valley area, an historic fen surrounding the Drakesbad Guest Ranch area has been restored to its original condition. During the early part of the 19th century, the Drakesbad fen was drained to provide better pasturage for domestic livestock. This was accomplished by digging ditches (thousands of linear feet) throughout the wetter portions of the fen to route spring meltwaters into Hot Springs Creek more rapidly. This effectively dewatered (and degraded) an uncommon montane fen ecosystem.
Dream Lake Restoration Complete
Last updated: January 27, 2018