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Mount Rushmore National Memorial Announces Proposed Hiking Trail

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As part of the National Park Service Centennial Initiative celebrating 100 years of national parks in 2016 Mount Rushmore National Memorial Superintendent Gerard Baker announces a proposed hiking trail system at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

The proposal calls for the creation of a trail system that would provide visitors access to areas of significant natural and cultural resources. Visitors would learn about the diversity of vegetation and the history of the ponderosa forest as well as the geology and landscape of the park. Trailside interpretive displays would share the story of the relationship between the natural setting and cultural history.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to prepare a detailed statement on proposed federal projects to fully consider environmental impacts of the proposal. The statement includes a review of the environmental condition of the proposed project area.

It also includes an analysis of impacts from the proposed project and other alternatives to the proposed project.


Mount Rushmore National Memorial will be preparing Environmental Assessments under NEPA for the proposed trail system in the park. As part of the process an Open House will be held with presentations at 2:00 p.m. and again at 5:00 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 445 Mount Rushmore Road, Rapid City, South Dakota, on March 13, 2008. The public is invited to attend and share comments on the proposed trail system. An Open House will also be held at Prairie Winds Casino, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, on March 20, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The preparation of the Environmental Assessments has been awarded to an 8(a) firm, Native American Environmental, LLC, of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Rapid City, South Dakota, and their subcontractor Matrix Consulting Group, Inc.

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