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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
TULE SPRINGS FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT News Release
For Immediate Release: July 28, 2017
Release No.: 2017-03
NPS RELEASES ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR PROPOSED UTILITY AND ROADWAY CROSSINGS AND A VISITOR TRAIL WITHIN TULE SPRINGS FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
LAS VEGAS – The National Park Service is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment for proposed utility and roadway crossings and a visitor trail at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument.
The proposal would involve the NPS working with the City of North Las Vegas to acquire an existing easement from the city that currently bisects the monument. In exchange, the city would obtain easements providing access and utilities to a planned community that is surrounded by NPS-managed land. The proposed exchange also includes construction of a trail that would provide visitors access to the monument in a manner that protects park resources.
The environmental assessment provides a decision-making framework that analyzes all reasonable alternatives to meet the objectives of the proposal, evaluates potential issues and impacts to resources and values, and identifies mitigation measures to lessen the degree of extent of these impacts.
The document is available for review at area libraries and online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. Comments may be submitted electronically via the website. Written comments should be mailed to Lake Mead NRA, Compliance Office, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, NV 89005. Comments must be received by August 30, 2017.
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