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Public Invited To Provide Input On Grand Canyon Bison Management

Open houses to be held April 28-30; Informational webinars to be held May 6-7; Submit written comments to National Park Service by June 6

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is making constituents aware of upcoming public input opportunities regarding bison management at Grand Canyon National Park.

The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated a public scoping process for a bison management plan and environmental impact statement (EIS) for Grand Canyon National Park pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. The NPS is working closely with the U.S. Forest Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department on this effort. View background information.

The scoping process will provide the public and other interested parties the opportunity to participate early in identifying the range of issues to be considered when the NPS studies the potential environmental impacts of managing bison in the park; to identify topics and concerns that should be addressed in the EIS; and to bring forward any new information that NPS may not be aware of that would be useful in preparing the plan and EIS.

People wishing to submit comments should go to the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/grca_bison_eis and click on the 'Open for Comment' link to the left. Comments will also be accepted via U.S. Postal Service to Grand Canyon National Park, PO Box 129, Attn: Bison Management Plan EIS, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023; or at one of the in-person public meetings listed below. Public comments will be accepted through June 6, 2014.

NPS will be hosting three in-person open house meetings next week on the dates and locations listed below. Public comments will be accepted at these meetings.

Monday, April 28, 2014, 6-8 p.m., Kanab, Utah, Kanab Middle School, 690 S. Cowboy Way, Kanab, UT 84741

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6-8 p.m., Flagstaff, Arizona, High Country Conference Center, 201 W. Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6-8 p.m., Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona Game and Fish Department Headquarters, Eagle Room, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086

The NPS also will hold two informational webinars, one on May 6 from 4-6 p.m. (Pacific Time), and the other on May 7 from 6-8 p.m. (Pacific Time). Both webinars will start with a presentation and be followed by a question-and-answer session. Capacity is limited, so individuals are encouraged to reserve a webinar spot early at

http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/meetingNotices.cfm?projectID=49574. After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar. Please note that public comments will not be accepted during the webinars; rather, participants will be directed to the PEPC website to enter their comments.

More information is available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/grca_bison_eis.


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