Environmental Assessment Available for Proposed Rice Road Extension-Review Period Extended

TUPELO, MS – The National Park Service announces the continued availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed extension of Rice Road (Madison County, MS). This project seeks to extend Rice Road and create an associated multi-use trail to the west of U.S. Highway 51 in Ridgeland. This extension would provide access to the northern portion of the planned Ridgeland City Center development, requiring a right-of-way of approximately 0.7 acres on NPS land.

The EA has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, NPS Director’s Order 12, and regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality is available for review on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. Due to the government shutdown, the review period has been extended to November 11, 2013.  A hardcopy of the document is also available in the Visitor Center of the Natchez Trace Parkway (Milepost 266, Tupelo, MS) and by e-mail or phone request.

The National Park Service considers public involvement to be an important component to a successful planning process, and we look forward to receiving public input.

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