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National Park Service seeks public input on revitalization and preservation project at TRNP

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The National Park Service are planning two public meetings on the Facility Revitalization Plan and Environmental Assessment and invites the public to attend either, or both, of the meetings to learn more and contribute ideas.
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MEDORA, N.D. — The Theodore Roosevelt National Park's Facility Revitalization Plan and Environmental Assessment seeks public review and input before Sept. 14, as the park considers possible improvements at five of its developed areas.

Under consideration for improvements are the Painted Canyon, South Unit in Medora, North Unit, Peaceful Valley Ranch and Elkhorn Ranch Units of the park system. Public input will help shape future improvements at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, according to Maureen McGee-Ballinger, Deputy Superintendent.

"The Plan presents a range of potential planning concepts for visitor and administrative facilities in each of the locations that address future needs, prioritize infrastructure investments and leverage partnership opportunities," a press release issued Tuesday reads.

According to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the investments are expected to occur over the next three decades and beyond. Implementing the Facility Revitalization Plan is intended to aid the park, and its partners, to expand the "preservation and understanding of former President Theodore Roosevelt's story, philosophy and conservation legacy."

The Environmental Assessment will analyze potential environmental effects associated with any implementation of improvements while also providing recommended mitigation measures for best practices.

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The Theodore Roosevelt National Park reminds the public that any improvements would be phased based on current priorities and future needs and within the greater context of the park, availability of funding and collaboration with partners and stakeholders.

How to participate

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Local and state officials and others met to coordinate planning to meet infrastructure and other needs that will come from increased visitorship to Medora when the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library opens in 2026.

The National Park Service are planning two public meetings on the Facility Revitalization Plan and Environmental Assessment and invites the public to attend either, or both, of the meetings to learn more and contribute ideas.

Interested participants may also attend the meeting by phone by calling 888-475-4499 and imputing the webinar ID — 987 9266 2827. The meetings will occur on Aug. 23, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. MST, and Aug. 24, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. MST.

Those attending the in-person meeting are invited to attend an open house meeting with a presentation scheduled at 6:45 p.m. CST, at the Watford City Civic Center located at 213 2nd Street NE, in Watford City.

To provide input in writing, please mail letters to:

Superintendent
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
PO Box 7
Medora, ND 58645

The public commentary period began Tuesday, Aug. 16 and will conclude Thursday, Sept. 14, 2022.

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