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SOURCE:  Federal Register, April 8, 2009

Environmental Impact Statement/General Management Plan; 
Channel Islands National Park, Ventura County, California;
Notice of Intent To Expand Scope of the Environmental Impact Statement
 webmaster's note: for more background information:

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(C) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), and in accord with 
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations including 40 CFR 
1501.7, the National Park Service is expanding the scope of the 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which is being prepared for the 
General Management Plan (GMP) for Channel Islands National Park. As 
part of this conservation planning effort, the EIS will include a 
wilderness study to determine if any portions of the park should be 
recommended for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation 
System as defined in the Wilderness Act of 1964. This new element will 
be included as part of the EIS currently in preparation. Accordingly 
this notice supplements and updates the original Notice of Intent 
published with regard to initiation of the GMP project in the Federal 
Register on November 8, 2001. As a result, the scope of the EIS will be 
expanded to include an evaluation of foreseeable effects associated 
with possible designation of wilderness within the park.
    As noted previously, the GMP will establish the overall direction 
for the park, setting broad management goals for managing the area over 
the next 15 to 20 years. The GMP will prescribe desired resource 
conditions and visitor experiences that are to be achieved and 
maintained throughout the park. Based on the desired conditions, the 
GMP will outline what resource management and visitor activities, and 
what limited developments, that would be appropriate in the park. Among 
the topics that have been addressed thus far are ecosystem management, 
preservation of natural and cultural resources, landscape restoration, 
island access, road and trail systems, facility and staff needs, 
research needs, and education and interpretive efforts. A range of 
reasonable alternatives for managing the park, including ``no-action'' 
and ``preferred'' alternatives, will be developed through the planning 
process and included in the EIS. The EIS will evaluate the potential 
environmental consequences of all alternatives, and identify 
appropriate mitigation strategies. An ``environmentally preferred'' 
alternative will be identified, and any potential for unacceptable 
impacts or impairments to park values will also be disclosed.
    Scoping Process: To facilitate full and complete conservation 
planning and analysis of environmental impact, the National Park 
Service (NPS) is gathering information relevant to the GMP/Wilderness 
Study and the associated EIS, and is obtaining new suggestions and 
relevant information from the public on the scope of issues to be 
addressed (comments previously provided to the planning team need not 
be re-submitted). In concert with local, state, tribal, and other 
federal agencies, consideration will also be made for cooperative 
management of resources outside park boundaries that affect the 
integrity of the park. Comments and participation in this final phase 
of the scoping process are encouraged. Persons not previously 
participating and now wishing to provide relevant information or 
comment about issues or concerns may do so as follows: written comments 
may be sent via regular mail to Channel Islands NP Planning Team, NPS-
Denver Service Center, P.O. Box 25287, Denver, Colorado 80225 (or 
transmitted via the Internet at
[webmaster's note: After reaching the Park Planning page, scroll down 
the list of parks and select Channel Islands NP.] They may 
express their concerns at public meetings to be held in Santa Barbara 
and Ventura (to be scheduled during spring-summer, 2009). Finally, they 
may hand-deliver written comments to the park headquarters in Ventura, 
California. 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.
DATES: All written comments on the scope of the GMP/Wilderness Study/
EIS must be postmarked, hand delivered, or electronically transmitted 
August 6, 2009. [webmaster's note: date has been extended to August 10, 2009]
An update will also be posted on the project Web site.


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