NATIONAL PARK SERVICE COMPLETES DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR IMPLEMENTING THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE REPORT AT WILSON’S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD
Superintendent Hillmer announced today that a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for implementing treatment recommendations from the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Cultural Landscape Report (2004) (CLR) is now available for public review. The document can be viewed at an open house to be held on November 6, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the visitor center; or you can view the alternatives and the draft EA on the National Park Service’s Park Planning website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=71904
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on the draft document. Comments should be submitted through the National Park Service’s Park Planning website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=71904 by November 20, 2017.
The EA has looked at two alternatives to implement the treatment recommendations in the CLR. As part of the planning process, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is seeking input to help determine the scope of issues related to the proposed actions. Some of these actions include:
• Rehabilitation and restoration of the natural systems to support preservation of the site’s cultural resources and historic integrity and respect the issue of sustainability;
• Enhancement of visual accessibility through the removal of the existing weedy thickets and densely wooded areas and rehabilitation of historic prairie and savanna plant communities;
• Reduction in the number of resident deer to a more natural density;
• Management of prescribed burning;
• Development and or realignment of trails, exhibits and interpretation;
• Management of vegetation; and
• Cultural resource management
The two preliminary alternatives are:
Alternative 1 (No Action) Alternative: This alternative focuses on preservation of the existing character of Wilson’s Creek NB landscape and the current interpretation of the battlefield. Within this alternative there would be no changes to the facilities that currently accommodate visitor access and interpretation, park administration, and facility management. Proposed changes already approved, such as the addition of new wayside exhibits at Bloody Hill, would be permitted to proceed.
Alternative 2 (Action Alternative): This alternative recommends developing additional connections between interpretive programming and what is known about the landscape that comprised the park at the time of the battle. The strategy includes: vegetation management for views and character; development of trails; cannon placement; wayside installation; and depiction of vernacular lifeways present at the time of the battle layered with battle and troop movement information. This alternative would complete the implementation of recommendations provided within the CLR (2004) based on an understanding of which recommendations have been implemented, which remain viable, and which require modifications to meet current park management goals.
WILSON’S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD
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Highlighting the exhibit are several items on loan from the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia. These include a presentation sword given to Price from the ladies of New Orleans in 1862, a pair of binoculars, eyeglasses, snuffbox, and a medallion. Price’s Colt Dragoon revolver and two letters are also on loan from Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg, Virginia. Another Colt revolver is on loan from the general’s descendants. Other Price-related artifacts from the park’s collection will be on display as well.
Major General Sterling Price commanded the Missouri State Guard, a pro-Southern militia unit that fought in the Battle of Wilson’s Creek on August 10, 1861. Price went on to lead Confederate troops in many other battles during the war.