NPS seeks feedback on North Rim bison management

Bisons forage on the North Rim. Photo/USFS

Bisons forage on the North Rim. Photo/USFS

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) will have two informational, online meetings as part of the scoping process for a bison management plan and environmental impact statement (EIS).

The U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and Bureau of Land Management are cooperating agencies in the plans and EIS. The plan will ultimately provide the basis for park's participation in a long-term interagency approach to manage the current and future impacts of bison within the park, while supporting goals for a free-ranging bison population on the Kaibab National Forest.

The first informational meeting will be held on May 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time. The second meeting will be held on May 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time. Both meetings will start with a presentation and be followed by a question and answer session.

Space is limited at both webinars, so

officials encourage people to reserve a place early.

After registering for one of the webinars, participants will receive a confirmation email. System requirements are:

• PC-based attendees: Required Windows® 8, 7, Vista, or 2003 Server.

• Mac®-based attendees: Required Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer.

• Mobile attendees: Required: IPhone®, iPad®, Android phone or Android tablet.

The national park and its cooperators will also host three, in-person, open house meetings during the public comment period. These meetings are scheduled as follows: April 28 at Kanab Middle School, 690 S. Cowboy Way, Kanab, UT 84741 from 6 to 8 p.m. In Flagstaff on April 29 at the High Country Conference Center located on 201 W. Butler Ave from 6 to 8 p.m. and in Phoenix April 30 at Arizona Game and Fish Department Activities Center located on 5000 W. Carefree Hwy from 6 to 8 p.m.

Please note the April 30 meeting address has changed from the one listed in earlier reports.

Public comments will not be accepted during the web-based meetings; rather participants will be directed to the PEPC website to enter their comments. Participants wishing to submit comments should go to the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at 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 at 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 above. Public comments will be accepted through June 6.

Interested public are encouraged to visit the NPS PEPC website listed above for more information about this project. Additional information will be posted on this website throughout this process as it becomes available.

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