November 29, 2018 600 AM
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – A National Park Service plan to protect Big Bend National Park natural and cultural resources from the harmful effects of trespass livestock, primarily from Mexico, has been finalized. As required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970, the document and associated Environmental Assessment was made available in May 2018 for a 30-day public review and comment period. Substantive comments were considered in finalizing the document.
According to Park Superintendent Bob Krumenaker, “livestock that move or are herded into the park damage vegetation, soils, and cultural resources that the National Park Service is required by law to protect. This plan provides the framework to control trespass livestock using live-capture and removal methods, and minimizes the effects of control actions upon park visitors.”
Acting NPS Intermountain Regional Director Kate Hammond signed the decision document, a Finding of No Significant Impact, on November
The plan, environmental assessment, and decision document are available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/BIBE.