Public, or external, scoping was conducted through the National Park Service (NPS) Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website where a scoping notice and brochure were posted on January 12, 2016, to inform the public of the proposed project. The scoping brochure was also posted on the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park’s (park’s) public website to solicit feedback for the environmental assessment (EA). The public scoping period ended on February 11, 2016. Public comments received during the scoping period related to 1) the need to restore the historic landscape to represent the Civil War time period, 2) recommend methods for fire management activities, and 3) potential impacts from the use of prescribed burns.
The Fire Management Plan (FMP) EA will be available for public comments for 30 days, between June 9 and July 9, 2016. Comments are due by July 9, 2016. Copies of the EA will be provided to interested individuals upon request. Reviewers should provide comments on the EA during the review period. Comments on the EA should be specific and discuss the adequacy of the analysis and the merits of the alternatives discussed. Following closure of the review period, all public comments will be reviewed and analyzed prior to release of the decision document. The NPS will issue responses to any substantive comments received during the review period and will make appropriate changes to the EA as needed.
If you wish to comment on this EA please go to the PEPC project website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/CHCH. The open for comment link on the left hand side provides access to the EA. Comments can also be submitted by mail to the address below. Comments must be submitted by July 9, 2016. Comments cannot be received by email.
Before including your address, telephone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, you should be aware that your entire comment (including personal identifying information) may be publically available at any time. While you may include in your comment direction to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY 3
1PURPOSE AND NEED FOR ACTION 8
1.2Purpose and Need of the Action 9
1.2.1Fire History of the Park 12
1.2.2Federal Wildland Fire Policy 13
1.3.1Internal Scoping 13
1.3.2Public Scoping 14
1.4.1Issues Retained for Analysis 15
1.4.2Issues Considered and Dismissed from Further Consideration 16