Environmental Assessment Available for Proposed Rice Road Extension

The National Park Service announces the 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 and will be available for review on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov from September 25-October 25, 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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