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F E I S on Nabesna Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan
« on: August 23, 2011, 02:53:23 am »
Final Environmental Impact Statement on Nabesna Off-Road Vehicle
Management Plan, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of
1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C) the National Park Service (NPS) announces
the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on
Off-Road Vehicle Management in the Nabesna District of Wrangell-St.
Elias National Park and Preserve. The FEIS evaluates the environmental
impacts of a preferred alternative and four action alternatives for
management of off-road vehicles in the Nabesna District. The purpose is
to consider opportunities for appropriate and reasonable access to
wilderness and backcountry recreational activities, which also
accommodates subsistence and access to inholdings; while protecting
scenic quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and other park resource
values. A no action alternative is also evaluated. This notice
officially begins the 30-day waiting period before the Record of
Decision can be issued.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the FEIS will be available for public review at Hard copies are available at park
headquarters, located at Milepost 106.8 on the Richardson Highway, or
may be requested from Bruce Rogers, Project Manager, Wrangell-St. Elias
National Park and Preserve, PO Box 439, Copper Center, Alaska 99573.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This FEIS evaluates the impacts of a range
of alternatives for managing off-road vehicles (ORVs) for recreational
and subsistence use in the Nabesna District of Wrangell-St. Elias
National Park and Preserve. The nine trails under evaluation were in
existence at the time the 13.2-million-acre park and preserve was
established in 1980. The use of ORVs was determined to be traditionally
employed for subsistence activities in the 1986 General Management
Plan. Beginning in 1983, the park issued permits for recreational ORV
use of these established trails, initially in accordance with 36 CFR
13.14(c) which was replaced by 43 CFR 36.11(g)(2) in 1986. The park
issues 200 recreational ORV permits per year on average. The trails
also provide for subsistence ORV use and access to inholdings. On June
29, 2006, the National Parks Conservation Association, Alaska Center
for the Environment, and The Wilderness Society (Plantiffs) filed a
lawsuit against NPS in the United States District Court for the
District of Alaska regarding recreational ORV use on the nine trails
that are the subject of this EIS. The plaintiffs challenged the NPS
issuance of recreational ORV permits asserting that NPS failed to make
the required finding that recreational ORV use is compatible with the
purposes and values of the Park and Preserve. They also claimed that
the NPS failed to prepare an environmental analysis of recreational ORV
use as required by NEPA.

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