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Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192
Superintendent Patrick Reed announced today that the park has initiated an environmental assessment (EA) regarding the management of fire and hazardous fuel reductions within the national park boundaries. The park is seeking public comment for this planning effort during the public scoping period, September 7 through October 7, 2011.
"Mammoth Cave developed its first fire plan in 2001," said Reed. "All the actions outlined in that plan have been accomplished. At this point, we are asking the public to help us determine what needs to be considered as we look ahead to the future use of fire in managing the park lands."
As planning begins, park staff will consider various aspects of using fire as a resource management tool, including: fire effects monitoring; natural and cultural resource protection; the effects of past prescribed fires; fire management methods; water quality; air quality; vegetation types; and proposed areas to be burned.
During this 30-day scoping period, the public is invited to identify any issues or concerns they might have so that the NPS can appropriately consider them in the preparation of the EA.
Written suggestions, comments, and concerns may be submitted electronically (the NPS's preferred method of receiving comments) at the NPS's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov, and follow links to Mammoth Cave National Park. Written comments may be sent to the Superintendent, Mammoth Cave National Park, P.O. Box 7, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky 42259.
Comments are typically treated as public record and made available for public review. Individuals may request that the NPS withhold their name and address from disclosure. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowable by law.
When the draft EA is completed it will be made available for public review for a 30-day period.
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