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Lake area development plan OKd for Yellowstone

Lake area development plan ready for Yellowstone

Apr 26, 2012 - The Associated Press

A long-term plan for limited development in the Lake area of Yellowstone National Park has been approved.

A Finding of No Significant Impact for a plan placing limits on future development at Lake Village, Fishing Bridge, and Bridge Bay was signed by the National Park Service intermountain region director on Tuesday.

An environmental assessment that analyzed three alternatives was released for public review and comment in February. In response to public comments, the Park Service selected the preferred alternative, with modifications, including a reduction in sites and in the paved area originally proposed for the Fishing Bridge RV Park.

The Lake Area Comprehensive Plan Environmental Assessment takes a zoning approach to limiting the development footprint, setting design standards, and outlining infrastructure projects which may occur over the next 10-15 years as funding becomes available. It builds upon management actions from the past several decades designed to reduce human impacts on grizzly bears in the Lake Area. These actions have contributed toward recovery of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by significantly reducing human-caused bear deaths in the Fishing Bridge area.

Among the projects addressed are replacement of 70-year-old water lines, seismic stabilization for the Lake Hotel, and adaptive use of some historic structures.

Copies of the assessments and final plan are available on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment website.

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