[Federal Register: August 1, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 147)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
National Park Service
General Management Plan, Draft Environmental Impact Statement,
Saguaro National Park, AZ
AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability of Draft General Management Plan/
Environmental Impact Statement, Saguaro National Park.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42
U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service announces the availability
of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan
for Saguaro National Park, Arizona.
DATES: The Draft Environmental Impact Statement and General Management
Plan will remain available for public review for 60 days after
publication of this notice by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Public meetings will be announced in the local media.
ADDRESSES: Information will be available for public review and comment
online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/parkHome.cfm?parkId=96
. Copies of
the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan
are available from the Superintendent Sarah Craighead, Saguaro National
Park, Arizona, 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730-5601,
(520) 733-5101. Public reading copies of the document will be available
for review at the following locations:
Office of the Superintendent, Saguaro National Park, 3693 South Old
Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730-5601.
Planning and Environmental Quality, Intermountain Regional Office--
Denver, National Park Service, 12795 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, CO
80225, Telephone: (303) 987-6671.
Office of Public Affairs, National Park Service, Department of the
Interior, 18th and C Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20240, Telephone:
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent Sarah Craighead,
Saguaro National Park, at the above address and telephone number.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: If you wish to comment, you may submit your
comments by any one of several methods. You may mail comments to
Superintendent Sarah Craighead, Draft General Management Plan/
Environmental Impact Statement, Saguaro National Park, Arizona, 3693
South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730-5601. You may also comment
via the Internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/
. Please include your
name and return address in your Internet message. If you do not receive
a confirmation from the system that we have received your Internet
message, contact us directly by calling Superintendent Sarah Craighead
at 520-733-5107. Finally, you may hand-deliver comments to the Saguaro
National Park visitor center or the Intermountain Region Office--
Denver, 12795 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80225.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be
able to do so.
This general management plan will guide the management of Saguaro
National Park for the next 15 to 20 years. The general management plan
considers three alternatives--a no-action and two action alternatives,
including the National Park Service preferred alternative. Alternative
1, the no-action alternative, is a continuation of current management
trends and serves as a basis of comparison with the action
alternatives. Alternative 2, the preferred alternative, would emphasize
protecting ecological processes and biological diversity by connecting
wildlife and plan habitats with habitat corridors. The concept was
developed to help protect biological and ecological diversity from
being compromised by habitat fragmentation. Alternative 3 would
emphasize providing a wider range of opportunities for visitors
compatible with the preservation of park resources and wilderness
characteristics. The concept was developed because the public wanted
the park to expand programs and opportunities for a growing diverse
The draft environmental impact statement assesses impacts to
cultural resources (archeological resources, historic structures,
cultural landscapes, ethnographic resources, and museum collections);
natural resources (soils, soundscape, vegetation, wildlife, and
threatened, endangered, and candidate species and species of special
concern); visitor understanding and experience;
remoteness; the park's socio-economic environment; and park operations.
Dated: July 19, 2007.
Michael D. Snyder,
Director, Intermountain Region, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 07-3742 Filed 7-31-07; 8:45 am]
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