March 21, 2014
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(MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. – March 21, 2014) Superintendent Sarah Craighead announced today the next step toward completing the Mammoth Cave National Park Improvements to Concession Facilities environmental assessment: a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Preferred Alternative has been signed by NPS Regional Director Stan Austin and is now posted online.
"We carefully reviewed the comments received from the public," said Craighead. "Overall, people were interested in some kind of change to the facility. Unfortunately, our budget is limited and we will do what we can. In the end, the practical solution is still Alternative B, which we presented as the preferred alternative in the environmental assessment."
The environmental assessment examined two alternatives in detail, addressed the environmental impacts of each alternative, and identified a preferred alternative. The FONSI explains why the Selected Alternative (Alternative B) will have no significant effects on the human environment. It is based on the environmental assessment and the comments received from the public, agencies, and staff during the public review period, which concluded December 28, 2013. The FONSI summarizes the public comments received, lists the responses to those comments, and identifies the changes to the text as a result of the public and agency comments.
The FONSI for the Preferred Alternative is posted on NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website (https://parkplanning.nps.gov/). Hard copies are available for viewing at the park visitor center and the superintendent's office.