As part of the preparation of the Mickelson Trail to Mount Rushmore Connector Trail EIS, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires an early and open process for determining the scope of the issues to be addressed by the process. This process is known as “scoping.” Stakeholder and public input are critical to providing important insight to the Forest Service and cooperating agencies as it analyzes the proposed action. Public and agency input will be integrated into the technical evaluation process and their insight will be considered before decisions are made.
The scoping process will continue throughout the planning and early stages of the preparation of the EIS. The public will be invited to attend scoping meetings for the project.
The Forest Service and cooperating agencies have made Scoping comment letters available for review. Visit the Forest Services' Rushmore Connector Trail Reading Room to review these letters.
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Sec. 1501.7 of the implementing regulations for NEPA developed by the Council on Environmental Quality specifies the following: “There shall be an early and open process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed and for identifying the significant issues related to a proposed action. This process shall be termed scoping. As soon as practicable after its decision to prepare an environmental impact statement and before the scoping process the lead agency shall publish a notice of intent (Sec. 1508.22) in the Federal Register…”