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[Federal Register: August 5, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 150)]
[Page 42714]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



National Park Service

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a general management plan and 
environmental impact statement for Sleeping Bear Dunes National 
Lakeshore, Michigan.


SUMMARY: Management plan (GMP) and an associated environmental impact 
statement (EIS) for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan, 
in accordance with section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). This notice is being furnished as required 
by NEPA Regulations 40 CFR 1501.7.
    To facilitate sound planning and environmental assessment, the NPS 
intends to gather information necessary for the preparation of the EIS, 
and to obtain suggestions and information from other agencies and the 
public on the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS. Comments and 
participation in this scoping process are invited.
    Participation in the planning process will be encouraged and 
facilitated by various means, including newsletters and open houses. 
The NPS will conduct a series of public scoping meetings to explain the 
planning process and to solicit opinion about issues to address in the 
GMP/EIS. Notification of all such meetings will be announced in the 
local press and in NPS newsletters or other mailings.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and information concerning the scope of the 
EIS and other matters, or requests to be added to the project mailing 
list should be directed to the Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes 
National Lakeshore, 9922 Front Street, Empire, Michigan 49630. 
Telephone: 616-326-5134, E-mail: slbe__superintendent@nps.gov

For Further Information Contact: Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes 
National Lakeshore, at the address and telephone number above.

Supplementary Information: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is an 
essential and major component of the Great Lakes ecosystem with over 
100 km of Lake Michigan shoreline, inland lakes and rivers, glacial 
landforms (kettles, bogs, moraines, massive perched sand dunes), and 
old growth forest remnants. About 50 percent of the Lakeshore is 
designated for potential wilderness. The Lakeshore is a destination 
recreation resource accessible to residents of major population centers 
(Chicago and Detroit). The Lakeshore has extensive evidence of human 
history including archeological resources of prehistoric Indian 
occupation, early European settlement, agriculture and logging, and 
Lake Michigan maritime development including transportation, fishing, 
and lifesaving.
    In accordance with NPS park planning policy, the GMP will ensure 
the lakeshore has a clearly defined direction for resource preservation 
and visitor use. It will be developed in consultation with Servicewide 
program managers, interested parties, and the general public. It will 
be based on an adequate analysis of existing and potential resource 
conditions and visitor experiences, environmental impacts, and costs of 
alternative courses of action.
    The environmental review of the GMP/EIS for the historic site will 
be conducted in accordance with requirements of the NEPA (42 U.S.C. 
4371 et seq.), NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508), other appropriate 
Federal regulations, and NPS procedures and policies for compliance 
with those regulations.

    Dated: July 27, 1999.
William W. Schenk,
Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 99-20210 Filed 8-4-99; 8:45 am]

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