National Park Service Seeks Public Comments on Plan to Protect Species of Concern on Southeast Coastlines
Comment period ends October 26, 2018
Public scoping webinars to be held October 9 and 11
ATLANTA - The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments on a regional environmental assessment that examines options for protecting shorebirds, sea turtles and beach mice from the threat of depredation at NPS units in the Southeast Region. The Coastal Species of Concern Predation Management Plan Programmatic Environmental Assessment (assessment) evaluates the best available predation management options and analyzes relevant environmental issues.
Many NPS southeast coastal parks have habitats that support species of concern, including parks in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and the US Virgin Islands. Some parks need a strategy to better protect species of concern, which includes both federally listed threatened and endangered species and state listed species - examples include: snowy and piping plover shorebirds, loggerhead sea turtle, green sea turtle, Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, leatherback sea turtle, southeastern beach mouse and Perdido Key beach mouse - from such predators as coyote, raccoons, fox, feral hogs and others. Species of concern using coastal and dune habitats are especially vulnerable during their respective breeding seasons, generally falling between April and October. Once complete, affected parks may implement actions from the final assessment by first preparing site-specific plans.
The public is invited to submit comments on the environmental assessment through October 26, 2018. NPS has arranged a series of opportunities to encourage public awareness and involvement in the project, including:
Southeast Regional Office
The NPS will not be accepting public comments during the online webinar meeting. Instead comments should be submitted through the website on the 'Public Scoping Materials' page.
National Park Service
Planning and Compliance Division
Attn: SERO PEA
100 Alabama Street SW, 1924 Building
Atlanta, GA 30303
Select "Open for Comment" on the left menu.
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