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Contact: Susan Trail, (301) 694-3147
The National Park Service (NPS) is requesting your input in developing a White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (plan/EIS) for Antietam National Battlefield, Monocacy National Battlefield and the Manassas National Battlefield Park. This plan is being developed for all three park units together, because all of the battlefields face similar issues relating to the high densities of deer within the battlefield boundaries and the effect the deer are having on the forest and cultural landscapes of the battlefields. Your participation is vital to our planning process. The public meetings originally scheduled for April, 2011 have been rescheduled for May 24-26, 2011.
Scoping is the first step to involve the public in the planning process. Scoping includes holding meetings and providing opportunities for the public to comment so that their concerns are identified early and the analysis is focused on important issues. Because the plan/EIS will analyze many complex ecological, cultural, and social issues, your participation is encouraged and needed. Meetings are re-scheduled as follows:
- Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Manassas National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, 6511 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109
- Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center, 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, MD 21782
- Thursday, May 26, 2011, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center,5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704
If you would like to provide input about the Deer Management Plan and EIS, but are unable to attend the public meetings, please submit your comments by visiting the project planning website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/battlefielddeerplan.