The preliminary planning concepts are available for your review and comments directly from
the NPS Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/nisiequestrianplan
Click on the Equestrian Management Plan link, then the Open for Comment link and you will be taken to a page with the plan files.
Public Scoping Meeting Information:
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Greenwood County Library
American Veterans Auditorium*
600 Main Street South
Greenwood, SC 29646
*Please use side doors to the auditorium on west side of building. There are 3 flag poles by the doors.
About the Equestrian Management Plan
Equestrian use of the site has occurred since before the area became part of the National Park System and it has increased in recent years in part due to the imposition of fees for horse riders in the nearby Sumter National Forest while Ninety Six National Historic Site (NHS) has remained free of user fees. Horse riding at Ninety Six also increases during hunting season when riders feel safer at a site where hunting is not permitted.
The increased number of riders has had an impact on resources that has been exacerbated by heavy rain. The NPS has begun a planning process to determine how best to accommodate equestrian usage of trails within the park while protecting and preserving the natural and cultural resources for which Congress established the NHS.
The number, location, design, and maintenance of equestrian trails are all elements of the equestrian management plan. Special permits are under consideration as one way to fund facilities for equestrian users such as trailer parking areas, hitching posts, and after-hours access gates. This plan is designed to address these issues and to achieve and maintain consistency with NPS management plans and policies.
Preliminary Management Alternative Concepts:
A. Continue interim trails, facilities, and regulations
B. Close all trails to equestrian use
C. Redefine (reroute, redesign, possibly close some old sections, possibly open new sections) current (Interim) trails and expand equestrian facilities.
Features common to alternatives A and C:
1. Implement a permit or user fee system.
2. Enhance trailer parking area with new amenities.
How You Can Participate:
- Attend the public meeting
- Post your comments on the planning website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/nisiequestrianplan