The National Park Service published the Draft Nabesna Off-Road Vehicle Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) and made it available for public review and comment on August 13. The comment period will last for 90 days—through November 10. The Draft EIS was written to meet one of the conditions of a settlement agreement resulting from a 2006 lawsuit filed against the National Park Service. The lawsuit challenged National Park Service issuance of permits for recreational Off Road Vehicle (ORV) use on nine trails in the Nabesna District of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Announces Public Meetings for Draft EIS
The National Park Service welcomes public review and comment on the Draft EIS. They will be holding five public meetings scheduled as follows:
· September 20: Anchorage, at the Campbell Creek Science Center, 6881 Elmore Road,
· September 21: Glennallen, at the Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve Visitor Center Theatre Building, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
· September 21: Slana, at the Slana School, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
· September 22: Tok, at the Tok School, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
· September 23: Fairbanks, at the National Park Service office, 4115 Geist Road, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The meetings will kick off with a short presentation, followed by an open-house style meeting, with displays, copies of the Draft EIS, comment forms, and NPS personnel available to answer questions.
The Draft EIS is available electronically on the National Park Service Planning, Environmental and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/wrst. Electronic comments may be submitted online in the PEPC website. Comments can also be submitted to the park in writing at: Bruce Rogers, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, P.O. Box 439, Copper Center, Alaska, 99573.
If you have any questions or wish to request a hard copy of the Draft EIS, please call Bruce Rogers at 822-7276.