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Contact: John Marciano, (435) 772-7848
Contact: Shauna Ertolacci, (435) 772-0144
SPRINGDALE, UT - Zion National Park announces the signing of the South Entrance Monument Site Reconfiguration Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The FONSI records the decision of the National Park Service (NPS) to redesign the South Entrance Monument site and adjacent parking area. The project is being done to enhance visitor safety, expand cultural resource protection measures and help mitigate factors contributing to vehicle congestion experienced at the South Entrance (described as Alternative B in the Environmental Assessment (EA) released for public review in April 2017). The FONSI, EA, and Errata documents are available on the NPS Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) website at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/.
The proposed project will move the monument approximately 28 feet east from its original location but will remain in-line with the park boundary. A monument plaza will be installed around the relocation site, as well as a walkway on the eastern edge of the monument parking area. The monument parking area will also be restructured to facilitate short-term parking.
Within the public scoping period for the South Entrance Monument Site Reconfiguration EA from November 28, 2016 to December 30, 2016, fourteen scoping letters were received and considered by park staff. The EA was release for public review on April 17, 2017, and the NPS accepted comments through May 17, 2017. Twenty three comment letters were received. All comments on the EA were reviewed by park staff and were considered in the development of the FONSI and Errata sheets.
Requests for digital or hardcopies of the FONSI are available on a limited basis. Requests can be submitted to: Superintendent, Zion National Park ATTN: South Entrance Monument Reconfiguration FONSI, 1 Zion Park Blvd., State Route 9, Springdale, UT 84767; or email at e-mail us.