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Contact: Lisa McInnis, 662-680-4055
TUPELO, MS: The National Park Service is seeking public comment on its plan to conduct an environmental assessment of a proposed direct access road connecting the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) to a Chickasaw cultural heritage center. The new center would be developed on land adjacent to the Parkway property near the Chickasaw Village site at milepost 262 in Tupelo, MS. Additional access routes were considered but dismissed, as the proposed alternative provides the safest visitor access with the least impact to natural and cultural resources. The proposed route is approximately 400 feet in length and 24 feet wide. Archeological surveys will be conducted to ensure preservation of any unknown cultural resources. Furthermore, consultation with tribal, federal, and state agencies will be conducted in compliance with applicable laws protecting natural and cultural resources.
How to Comment on the proposed alternative:
The public is invited to provide input on the proposed route. Comments received during the public comment period will be used to help identify issues and concerns to be further addressed in the environmental review process. Comments will be accepted from March 7, 2016 through April 7, 2016.You should be aware that your entire comment, including any personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time.
Comments can be submitted on line at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/
Natchez Trace Parkway
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804
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