|Subscribe | What is RSS|
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Over 500 comments were received during the public review and comment period for the Olympic National Park Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GMP/EIS).
“We’re pleased and very grateful that so many people participated in reviewing and commenting on the draft plan,” said Superintendent Bill Laitner. “We’re now reading through every comment that we received and will address these comments in the final plan.”
The final plan is scheduled to be released late in 2007. When complete, the GMP/EIS will be a long-term, comprehensive plan that sets a course for the park for the next 15 to 20 years.
The public comment period began when the Draft GMP/EIS was released in mid-June and remained open for 104 days, closing on September 30. More than 725 printed copies and 150 CD copies of the Draft GMP were distributed. The document was also available at area libraries and posted for online review at the National Park Service website.
Five hundred individual comment letters were received, along with seven form letters and three petitions. Along with the hundreds of individuals who responded, 48 interest groups, 13 businesses, 16 local, state, or federal agencies, and five tribes wrote comments about the Draft GMP.
The written comments will be available for review at the Olympic National Park website by the end of November. Names and addresses of individuals who commented will be blacked out and will not appear on the website. A paper copy of the comment letters will also be available at Olympic National Park headquarters by the end of November; people interested in reviewing the letters will be able to make an appointment to review the letters.
In addition to accepting written comments, the park held nine public open house meetings during August. Nearly 300 people attended these workshops to discuss the plan, learn more about it and provide input.