The Devils Postpile National Monument Draft General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment is ready for public review beginning Friday, August 1. Superintendent Deanna Dulen stated, “We last presented our preliminary alternatives to the public during the celebration of the monument’s centennial in 2011. Since then, NPS staff have incorporated suggestions from the public, completed our environmental analysis, and identified a preferred alternative that focuses on our continued high level of excellence and our commitment to preserving resources and serving visitors for this and future generations. We welcome and invite your comments on our proposal.”
The purpose of the general management plan is to create a vision and overall management philosophy for Devils Postpile that will guide decision-making by current and future generations for the next 15 to 20 years. This draft plan presents different management strategies for resource protection and preservation, education and interpretation, visitor use and facilities, land protection and boundaries, and long-term operations and management of Devils Postpile National Monument.
The plan for Devils Postpile also presents opportunities for additional collaboration and coordination with the Inyo National Forest to develop desired conditions for the overall visitor experience and broad resource management issues related to the larger watershed.
A newsletter has been released containing details about the alternatives, collaboration with the Inyo National Forest, and the planning process. Copies can be obtained at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, the Devils Postpile Ranger Station, or by download at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/depo.
People are encouraged to attend a public open house that will be held at the Town of Mammoth Lakes Library on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Anyone is welcome to come learn about the plan, discuss ideas, concerns, and thoughts about the preferred and other alternatives with the planning team.
You can provide comments online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/depogmp. An executive summary, supporting documents, and the complete Devils Postpile National Monument Draft General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment are also available at this site. Comments must be submitted by September 30, 2010.