Known as the “Cascade Corner” for its numerous waterfalls, Bechler was originally developed as an outpost to house U.S. Army soldiers tasked with patrolling for poachers in this remote area of the park. The region’s rich wildlife, scenery and backcountry waterfall destinations have grown in popularity in recent years, prompting the NPS to look at ways to help improve visitor experience and park operations by analyzing the impacts of day use and overnight parking, traffic circulation, employee housing, telecommunication functions and other infrastructure requirements.
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, the plan also analyzes the impact on a variety of park resources including geology and soils, vegetation and rare plants, wildlife, special status wildlife species and Yellowstone species of management concern, soundscape management and historic structures. This project has also been developed in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and other applicable laws, regulations, and policies.
The Environmental Assessment (EA) and an electronic form to submit comments can be found at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/BechlerEA. A hard copy can also be requested by calling (307) 344-7147, or by writing to Compliance Office, Attention: Bechler Administrative Area Improvement Plan/EA, National Park Service, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.
Respondents are encouraged to submit their comments through the PEPC website. Comments may also be mailed to the address above or hand-delivered during normal business hours to the Mailroom in the park’s Administration Building in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming.
Comments will not be accepted by fax, e-mail, or in any manner other than those specified above. Bulk comments submitted in any format on behalf of others will not be accepted. Comments must be received by midnight MDT, May 5, 2013.
Once comments are analyzed, a decision to implement the plan will be made by the Regional Director of the Intermountain Region of the NPS.