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GLIN==> Isle Royale Wilderness Plan and EIS

[Federal Register: October 2, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 191)]
[Page 50207]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



National Park Service

Isle Royale National Park, MI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a wilderness management plan and
environmental impact statement for Isle Royale National Park, Michigan.


SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) will prepare a wilderness
management plan and an environmental impact statement (EIS) for Isle
Royale National Park, 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 analysis, 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
suggestions in this scoping process are invited.
     This project was initiated in the autumn of 1999. The planning
process originally included preparation of an environmental assessment.
However, as planning has progressed NPS now believes it is appropriate
to prepare an EIS. Public involvement during the first phases of
planning has been facilitated through a series of newsletters with
mail-back input forms.

DATES:  Written comments and information concerning the scope of the
EIS should be directed to the Superintendent, Isle Royale National
Park, at the address below before November 2, 2001.
     Persons who already have provided information through responses to
project newsletters need not re-send that information. NPS will
consider these comments in preparation of the EIS. However, persons who
wish to reemphasize or expand on their previous comments are welcome to
do so. Additional input also is invited.

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: Superintendent, Isle Royale
National Park, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, Michigan 49931-1895.
Telephone: 906-487-7140. E-mail: <A 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Superintendent, Isle Royale National
Park, at the address or telephone above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Congress designated more than 99 percent of
the 133,000 acres landmass of Isle Royale National Park as wilderness
in 1976. However, NPS never prepared a wilderness management plan to
help guide decision making on wilderness-related matters.
Comprehensive, long-term planning for the park's wilderness is needed
to address:
     (1) The management of visitor use, which during the peak season
overwhelms facility capacities in campgrounds.
     (2) The adoption, implementation, and refinement of resource and
visitor experience indicators and related monitoring to ensure
wilderness resources, values, and experiences are not being
     (3) The adoption of a ``minimum tool'' decision framework for park
operations within wilderness.
     (4) Development of a new computerized permit/reservation system for
camping permits.
     (5) Specific directions for such diverse issues as campfires, trail
maintenance, backcountry sanitation, interpretation and education in
the wilderness, campground design, wildlife protection, acceptable
signing, etc.
     (6) Development of an implementation schedule to proactively plan
for future projects in the wilderness.
     The environmental review of the wilderness management plan for Isle
Royale National Park will be conducted in accordance with requirements
of NEPA (42 U.S.C. section 4371 et seq.), NEPA regulations (40 CFR
1500-1508), other appropriate Federal regulations, and NPS procedures
and policies for compliance with those regulations.

James A. Loach,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 01-24629 Filed 10-1-01; 8:45 am]

Alex J. Sagady & Associates        Email:  ajs@sagady.com

Environmental Enforcement, Permits/Technical Review, Public Policy and
Communications on Air, Water and Waste Issues
and Community Environmental Protection

PO Box 39  East Lansing, MI  48826-0039
(517) 332-6971 (voice); (517) 332-8987 (fax)

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