For the Forest Service, the purpose of this project is to respond to the application submitted by the SDGFP. The need is to evaluate the application from the SDGFP to construct, operate, and maintain a non-motorized recreation trail and associated corridor across National Forest System lands managed by the Black Hills National Forest, in order to determine effects as well as consistency with law, regulation, policy, and Forest Plan guidance.

For the National Park Service, the purpose of this analysis is to respond to a right-of-way application submitted by SDGFP. The National Park Service will use the analysis in the EIS to determine the appropriateness of the trail. This analysis is needed to determine whether the SDGFP’s proposal is in accordance with previous strategic planning guidance including the Memorial’s 1980 General Management Plan.