General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement
Dear Friends of Biscayne National Park,
As you may know, the National Park Service is developing a general management plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. I'm pleased to provide an update on this planning effort. We've held public workshops and solicited public input throughout the planning effort; most recently we have solicited your thoughts about potential Marine Reserve Zones. We received ideas and comments from many of you about size, shape, and even the need for such zones; your feedback and ideas are proof of your deep interest in and concern for Biscayne National Park. Your input has been instrumental so far, and we certainly hope you will stay involved throughout the planning process, as we sincerely value your ideas. The alternatives you will see in the draft plan, including the National Park Service's preferred alternative, have been revised after considering the comments and ideas we received from you and a scientific review.
We are excited to announce that the Draft General Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement for Biscayne National Park is ready for public review. In order to hear your thoughts about this draft plan we will have public meetings and a 60-day public comment period this summer. Your participation in these public meetings is an integral part of the planning process. This will be an opportunity for us to hear from you, and work together to move forward with a management plan that protects the extraordinary natural and cultural resources of Biscayne and provides a recreational paradise for our visitors.
If you are unable to attend the public meetings, please provide comments by October 31, 2011 via postal service or the internet at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov/BISC. Your comments and thoughts are extremely important to Biscayne National Park.
Thank you for your continued participation and interest in shaping the future of Biscayne National Park.