Public scoping is the process by which the National Park Service (NPS) solicits public input on the scope of issues and alternatives to be addressed in a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document, such as an Environmental Assessment (EA). It is a process open to the general public that is conducted early in the NEPA planning process. Public scoping can include meetings and mailings to educate the public on the project and on the planning process guiding the preparation of an EA. It also instructs the public on how to provide their comments on the project. After the public scoping period ends, the NPS uses an established protocol to analyze and summarize the public comments received during the scoping period. This summary is used by the NPS—in addition to other relevant law, policy, planning documents, and scientific literature—to determine the scope of the EA.
Point Reyes National Seashore held a public scoping period for the Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan/Environmental Assessment (Ranch CMP) from April 21, 2014, to June 2, 2014. During this time, two public scoping open house meetings were held at different locations in the vicinity of the park. The public was encouraged to submit comments through the NPS's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) web site. Comments were also accepted at the meetings, by postal mail, and in person at the park. More than 3,000 pieces of correspondence were received during the public scoping period for this EA. This report describes the public scoping process for this document and presents the analysis and summary of public comments received.
Public Comment Analysis Report (1,826 KB PDF)
How Do I Find My Correspondence?
How Was My Correspondence Coded?
Comments recorded on flip charts during Public Scoping Meetings:
A total of 178 people attended the two meetings (126 people attended the meeting at Point Reyes Station and 52 attended the meeting in Sausalito). Some people attended more than one meeting.
Attendees at the two public meetings were able to provide verbal comments. Flip charts were set up at each venue to record these comments. All of flip charts from each venue were entered into PEPC as a single piece of correspondence. In other words, there is one piece of correspondence (#0028) from the first public meeting in Point Reyes Station and a second piece of correspondence (#0030) from the second meeting in Sausalito. Download the All correspondence (4,684 KB PDF) document and scroll to page 6 for correspondence #0028 and page 8 for correspondence #0030.
Last updated: May 2, 2019