Planning Approach for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area General Management Plan/EIS
Bach, Steven B.
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The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is preparing a General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for the park. The CRNRA, established in 1978, was established to preserve and protect the natural, scenic, recreation, historic, and other values of a 48-mile segment of the Chattahoochee River and certain adjoining lands from Buford Dam downstream to Peachtree Creek. The General Management Plan is being developed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and National Park Service guidance. The process includes early identification of concerns, issues, expectations, and values of the existing and potential visitors, neighbors, people with traditional cultural ties to lands within the park, cooperating associations, other partners, scientists, scholars, and other government agencies. Public input is gathered that is used in the EIS to assess and compare the effects of management alternatives on the natural and man-made environment. The EIS will also recommend selection of a preferred management alternative. NPS managers have a stewardship mandate, and in carrying out this mandate, difficult decisions are made about ways to preserve significant natural and cultural resources for public enjoyment, address competing demands for limited resources, establish priorities for using available funds and staff, and balance different local and nationwide interests and views of what is most important. This paper describes the process that is underway to develop the plan and EIS.