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Assateague Announces Public Availability of Oceanside Campground Relocation Strategy Environmental Assessment

Assateague Announces Public Availability of Oceanside Campground Relocation Strategy Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service (NPS) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) in support of a new flexible design strategy for relocating campsites at its Oceanside Campground that have been lost or repeatedly damaged by coastal storm events. New campsite locations within the developed area on Assateague Island have been considered. The purpose of the proposed project is to develop an on-island relocation strategy for campsites that are becoming increasingly unusable due to sand deposition and encroachment from the adjacent dune system. The NPS believes that the proposed project is needed in order to continue to provide high quality and sustainable camping opportunities for park visitors to Assateague Island.

The environmental assessment addresses potential impacts to natural, cultural and recreational resources that may result from the proposed project. Public scoping was completed in March and April of 2017 to gather input from park staff, other agencies and the public about the potential effects of the proposed project. That feedback has been incorporated into the environmental assessment, which is now available for public review and comment.
There are two opportunities to comment on the project. Written suggestions and comments can be submitted online to the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website before August 6, 2018 at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/OceansideCamping.

A public open house will also be held at the Environmental Education Center on July 23 to answer questions from stakeholders and the general public.

Date: Monday, July 23, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Assateague Island National Seashore, Environmental Education Center
7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811

Assateague Island National Seashore News Release
July 6, 2018
For Immediate Release Contact: Liz Davis 410-629-6087