CHINOOK, Wash. - The public is invited to review and comment on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Station Camp & Middle Village unit of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park at 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Fort Columbia State Park Theater near Chinook, Wash. 

The EA has been prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act to provide the decision framework for the following: an analysis of a reasonable range of alternatives to meet management objectives; an evaluation of potential issues and impacts to natural and cultural resources and values and the human environment; and to identify mitigation measures to lessen the degree of those impacts.

The purpose of this project is to protect, interpret, and develop Station Camp & Middle Village, a unit of the National Park Service and a site of national importance along the Lower Columbia River. Development of the site will facilitate protection of sensitive cultural and natural resources and will enhance visitor experience through interpretive education, scenic overlooks and other site improvements.

The Station Camp & Middle Village site allows a unique opportunity to interpret events of national importance from the perspective of First Americans. For the past two years, NPS has collaborated with the Chinook Indian Nation, the Washington State Historical Society, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and other partners to develop the conceptual plan described in the EA.

The EA is available for review and comment online at www.nps.gov/lewi. To comment on the EA, e-mail comments to lewi_superintendent@nps.gov or mail them to: Superintendent, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Attention: Station Camp & Middle Village EA, 92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria, OR 97103. 

Requests for a printed copy of the EA can also be made by calling (503) 861-4412. Printed copies of the EA are available for review at park headquarters, at the Ilwaco (Wash.) Timberland Library, the city of Ilwaco, the Ocean Park (Wash.) Library, the Columbia-Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco and the Pacific County (Wash.) Department of Community Development on Sandridge Road.

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