Monument Trails Plan a step closer

A public meeting was held Monday evening at the Farm & Ranch Museum in Gering to discuss and receive public input that will go towards developing a draft trails plan and environmental assessment for the Scotts Bluff Naitonal Monument.

Superintendent Ken Mabery says a preliminary plan is being developed by a student group at WNCC that will guide the expansion, restoration, management, operations and use of the trail system over the next 15 years.

He said they will make a presentation at the National Park Service Regional Office next week, where there will be some adjustments to the plan. They will have two weeks to put together a modified plan based on those changes. And then a preliminary draft will be forwarded to Monument staff shortly after Thanksgiving.

Mabery says once they receive that plan in a good draft form, the Monument staff will have to take it and do all the environmental compliance work for it. He says that will take a good six months to do.

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