National Park Service to Host Three Open House Workshops on Draft Plan
Berlin, Maryland – On January 29, 2016 Assateague Island National Seashore’s Draft General Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement (“Draft GMP”) was released for a 90-day public review and comment period. The purpose of the Draft GMP is to provide a decision-making framework that ensures that management decisions effectively and efficiently carry out the National Park Service (NPS) mission at the Seashore into the future. The NPS encourages public participation throughout the planning process and invites you to review and comment on the Draft GMP. To access a copy of the document, please visit the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/asis and click on “ASIS General Management Plan” and "Open for Comment." Comments will be accepted for a period of 90 days, ending on May 1, 2016.
The NPS will also host three public open houses that will provide an opportunity to learn more about the Draft GMP and to answer questions. The public open house workshops will be held at the following venues:
· Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at the Wor-Wic Community College, 3200 Campus Drive, RM 302-Hazel Center, Salisbury, MD from 4:30 to 7:30 PM;
· Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM;
· Thursday, March 31, at the Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Drive, Chincoteague Island, VA from 4:00 to 7:00 PM
The Final GMP will address public comments received by May 1, 2016 and is expected to be released in late fall 2016.
Assateague Island National Seashore is at a crossroads and a new vision is needed to shape the seashore’s future. The Draft GMP/EIS considers alternatives to manage changes that are occurring on the island as a result of climate change and sea level rise. Through a rigorous planning process that has involved elected officials, stakeholders, partners, and the public, we have explored a range of management alternatives. We believe that NPS’s preferred alternative, alternative 3, will help set a successful path for the seashore’s future.
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