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INTRODUCTION

NPS Special Directive 92-11 stipulates that special resource studies, such as the Lower Mississippi Delta Region, Draft Heritage Study, should evaluate impacts associated with each alternative in the form of an environmental assessment. Due to the broad, conceptual nature of the alternatives presented, the environmental assessment presents a broad overview of potential impacts relating to important elements of each alternative. It is expected, however, that future management plans would be generated to implement any one of the alternatives outlined in the document. Future planning efforts would evaluate specific environmental impacts of the actions proposed in more depth, and more detailed mitigative measures would be developed and analyzed for public comment.

The following impact topics were selected both to provide a focus for environmental discussions and as a basis of comparison for the most relevant topics. Their inclusion is a result of federal laws, regulations, and directives; the National Park Service’s National Environmental Policy Act Compliance Guideline (1982), Management Policies (1988), and Cultural Resource Management Guideline (1994); and issues and concerns expressed during public meetings and through the responses received from project mailings. The assessment of impacts was based upon the best available information.


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