Fish Management Plan Environmental Assessment - OPEN FOR COMMENTS (News Release, 9/13/17)
A Fisheries Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) to guide management of native and nonnative fish populations in the park is now open for public comment. Please comment online using the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/morafishmgtplan or mail comments to: Superintendent, Mount Rainier National Park, 55210 238th Ave. E., Ashford, Washington, 98304. This EA will be available for public review and comment for 30 days ending October 11, 2017.
Public comments on the preliminary alternatives were collected in May-June, 2016.
Paradise Cellular Plan Environmental Assessment ()
The National Park Service is considering issuing right-of-way permits to Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and AT&T that would allow co-location of a wireless communication facility (WCF) in the Paradise area. The Environmental Assessment (EA) describes two alternatives. The no-action alternative would not authorize cell service to be provided at Paradise; the action alternative would permit cellular service and allow the installation of equipment and antennas within the attic of the Jackson Visitor Center, concealed behind the outside wall panels on the gable ends of the building. The proposal would not include the use of a tower.
The EA can be viewed on the web at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/paradisecellular. Public review and comments were collected from June-July 2017. Following the analysis of public comments, a decision on whether to permit the proposed service and installation will be made by the Pacific West Regional Director. A decision is expected by mid-September. Public scoping on the proposed WCF was completed in December, 2016. The almost 500 responses that were received were balanced between those in favor and those opposed to cellular service at Paradise.
Paradise Inn Annex Rehabilitation Plan Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service has prepared an Environmental Assessment for a proposed plan to rehabilitate the Paradise Inn Annex and Snow Bridge, which is located in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park. The project would complete the last major building rehabilitation project within the Paradise Historic District. The proposed project is being considered because of the need to protect cultural resources and reduce the risk for potential damage to the Annex and Snow Bridge from excessive snow loads, or collapse as the result of a seismic event. The proposed project would close the Annex from August 2017 through October 2018, and temporarily reduce parking in the Paradise area. Public comments on the proposed plan were collected in June-July, 2016. More information is available at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/piannex.
Fisher Restoration Plan Environmental Assessment
On May 19, 2015, the Regional Director of the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service approved a proposal from North Cascades National Park Service Complex and Mount Rainier National Park to collaborate with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to restore the fisher (Pekania pennanti) to these units of the national park system. This proposal was evaluated and assessed through the completion of the Fisher Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (Plan/EA) that was released for public review in September 2014. To see the full plan go to www.parkplanning.nps.gov/RestoreFisher. Fisher reintroductions at North Cascades National Park Service Complex will not occur until all planned reintroductions in the Southwestern Cascades are completed, but could occur as early as fall 2017. More information on the fisher, this planing effort, and recent decision is available via the plan process, meeting notices, links, and documents section of the project website.
Camp Muir Rehabilitation Plan Environmental Assessment
Chris Lehnertz, Pacific West Region Director, National Park Service, has issued a decision and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Camp Muir Rehabilitation Plan Environmental Assessment (EA). The Camp Muir Rehabilitation Plan EA is available at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/muirea.
Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation Project Environmental Assessment
Chris Lehnertz, Pacific West Region Director, National Park Service, has issued a decision and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment. The environmental assessment is available electronically at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/NtoP.
Air Tour Management Plan Environmental Assessment
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) developed this Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) pursuant to the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000. The objective of the ATMP is to develop acceptable and effective measures to mitigate or prevent the significant adverse impacts, if any, of commercial air tour operations upon the natural resources, cultural resources, and visitor experiences of a national park unit and any tribal lands within or abutting the park.