[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 109 (Friday, June 6, 1997)]
[Pages 31152-31153]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-14879]



National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
a General Management Plan for the Big South Fork National River and 
Recreation Area, Kentucky and Tennessee

SUMMARY: The Park is operating without the benefit of a comprehensive 
framework plan prepared according to National Park Service policies. 
The Corps of Engineers prepared a Master Plan for the park which was 
primarily development oriented and in many respects is out of date. Key 
management concerns include the identification of general strategies 
for the protection of water quality and quantity, management of natural 
and cultural resources in the gorge and adjacent area, identification 
of and provision for desirable visitor experiences, enhancement of 
relationships with others in the area, and the expectation of little or 
no increases in budget and staff.
    The plan will identify a resource-based framework for the park and 
describe desired future conditions, alternatives, and general 
strategies, consistent with the park's purpose, significance, and 
    The alternatives and general strategies required to achieve desired 
future conditions will then be assessed for their environmental 

DATES: A series of public meetings will be held in surrounding 
communities through June 1997. Please consult with local newspapers for 
the times and locations or call the park for this information.

Superintendent, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, 4564 
Leatherwood Road, Oneida, Tennessee 37841, Telephone: (423) 569-9778.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Park Service is beginning this 
planning process and invites your comments. You may provide your 
comments in person at the public meetings or by mail to the 
Superintendent at the above address. Comments by mail should reach the

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Superintendent by July 15, 1997. Issues for evaluation may be suggested 
as well as alternatives for addressing the issues. A draft of the 
planning and environmental impact statement is expected to be available 
for public review by the summer of 1998. Your input is appreciated.

    Dated: May 22, 1997.
Daniel W. Brown,
Acting Regional Director, Southeast Region.
[FR Doc. 97-14879 Filed 6-5-97; 8:45 am]