*h/t Pitchengine.co/communities* (Moose, Wyo.) — The National Park Service (NPS) has developed a vision for the future of the Moose-Wilson corridor in Grand Teton National Park. The *Moose-Wilson Corridor Draft Comprehensive Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement *(Draft Plan/EIS) is available for public review and comment at go.nps.gov/mwplan
for 60 days
through December 29. An informational and interactive public open house
will be held on December 9 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Teton County Library in
The Draft Plan/EIS is comprised of four alternatives, a no-action
alternative (Alternative A) and three action alternatives (Alternatives B,
C, and D). The 674 page document was developed by an interdisciplinary team
of NPS managers, scientists, and staff in cooperation with the Federal
Highway Administration, State of Wyoming, Teton County and Town of Jackson.
The planning team relied on a broad array of scientific research and public
feedback to produce the document and identify the NPS preferred alternative
(Alternative C). During the public scoping and preliminary alternatives
stages of the planning process, the planning team received 1,007 and 2,605
individual comments, respectively. In addition to this public input, the
planning team reviewed scientific studies of cultural landscapes,
human-bear interactions, visitor use and experience, archaeology, road
safety, and other topics to develop the Draft Plan/EIS. This background
research, much of which has been publicly released over the last year, is
available for review at go.nps.gov/moose-wilson
The NPS preferred alternative is the alternative that the NPS has
identified to best fulfill the mission of the NPS as well as the purpose
and need for the plan.
“We believe Alternative C provides for the greatest protection of
fundamental park resources and values—from wetland ecosystems, to the
heritage of our affiliated tribal communities, to grizzly bears and
moose—while allowing for appropriate opportunities to enjoy and recreate in
this special area,” said Superintendent David Vela.
Key components of the preferred alternative include realignment of the
northernmost 0.6 miles of the road, paving the unpaved portion of the road,
use of timed sequencing to establish a maximum number of people in the
corridor at any one time during peak use periods, establishing pullouts,
relocation of the Death Canyon trailhead, and continued shared use of the
road by both motor vehicles and bicycles. The preferred alternative
includes a number of actions that will improve the safety and experience of
bicyclists including a reduction in the speed limit, paving the unpaved
section of the road, managing traffic volumes, and improving the road
surface and edge.
While all public comments are informative, the planning team is
particularly interested in feedback regarding the accuracy and adequacy of
the information and analysis presented in the Draft Plan/EIS.
“We have identified a preferred alternative so the public knows which
direction we are headed and has a robust opportunity to comment,” said
Superintendent David Vela. “The preferred alternative reflects current
information and science, and at this point we are particularly interested
in any new information, questions, or ideas that will improve the Final
After the public comment period is complete, the planning team will
carefully review those comments and address them as necessary. Those
comments and their responses will then be incorporated into the Final
Plan/EIS which will be completed by summer 2016. A Record of Decision will
be signed in the fall of 2016 and the document will then guide management
of the corridor for the future.
The Draft Plan/EIS, as well as an informative newsletter that summarizes
the plan and its alternatives, is available for viewing and download on the
NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at go.nps.gov/mwplan
“Documents” tab. Those wishing to comment can provide their thoughts
electronically by selecting “Open for Comment” on the website. Comments can
also be submitted by standard mail to Grand Teton National Park, ATTN:
Moose-Wilson Planning Team, PO Drawer 170, Moose, WY, 83012-0170, by hand
delivery to park headquarters in Moose, or during the open house event.
Public comments and the names of those making them may be released to the
public at any time in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.