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Work on General Management of Parks Resumes

Nov. 20, 2007 – Work has resumed on the general management plans for Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, according to a press release from National Park Service Superintendent Mark Hardgrove. The park service is preparing general management plans and accompanying environmental impact statements that will guide the management of the parks for the next 15 to 20 years.
The planning team, which includes several park staff and planning staff from the Southeast Regional Office, developed multiple management alternatives for analysis. These alternatives represent the full range of what could be reasonably accomplished with regard to natural resource conditions, cultural resource conditions, visitor use and experience, and facilities use. The alternatives both incorporate and reflect the concerns, comments and issues that were identified during the public involvement process. Four management alternatives were evaluated for park areas on St. John, and two alternatives were evaluated for the Red Hook, Wintberg and Hassel Island park areas on St. Thomas. The planning team also evaluated four management alternatives for Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument.
Under the direction of Congress, the National Park Service has used the "Choosing by Advantages" decision-making approach since 1998 to identify preferred alternatives for a wide range of projects.
These recommendations are currently under review by park management. Within the next year, the draft plans for both will be provided to the public for review for a period of 60 days. At that time, public meetings will be conducted on both St. John and St. Thomas. More details on the draft plans and the public meeting schedules will be provided as that information becomes available.
For more information, contact Paul Thomas at 776-6201, ext. 252.

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