National Park Service Launches Rota Special Resource Study

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National Park Service Launches Rota Special Resource Study

by: Jean Boscacci | .
National Park Service | .
published: January 18, 2017

The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce the launch of a study of the unique natural and cultural resources of the island of Rota (Luta) in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). As directed by the U.S. Congress (P.L. 113-291 Section 3051, December 19, 2014), the NPS is conducting a study of Rota's prehistoric and historic resources and limestone forests. The Rota Special Resource Study will evaluate the national significance of the area and the suitability and feasibility of designating the area as a unit of the national park system. The study is expected to take 2-3 years to complete.
 
The NPS is hosting public meetings in the CNMI and Guam as well as two virtual (online) meetings to introduce the study, answer questions, and solicit public ideas and interests:

SAIPAN**
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
6-8 pm    
American Memorial Park Visitor Center Theater Beach Road, Garapan

ROTA**
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
6-8 pm    
Rota Mayor's Office

ROTA**
Thursday, February 23, 2017
9-11 am    
Rota Mayor's Office

GUAM
Monday, February 24, 2017
6-8 pm    Guam Museum Auditorium
193 Chalan Santo Papa Juan Pablo Dos Hagåtña

VIRTUAL (ONLINE) MEETING 1
Thursday, March 9, 2017
9-10:30 am
(Wednesday, March 8, 3-4:30 pm PST)
Virtual meeting link: click here
OR, go to www.gotomeeting.com, click on "Join Webinar" in the upper right, and enter Webinar ID: 210-509-451

VIRTUAL (ONLINE) MEETING 2
Friday, March 10, 2017
6-7:30 am
(Thursday, March 9, 12-1:30 pm PST)
Virtual meeting link: click here
OR, go to www.gotomeeting.com, click on "Join Webinar" in the upper right, and enter Webinar ID: 879-835-067

** Chamorro language translation will be provided at these meetings.

A special resource study (SRS) evaluates the eligibility of an area to be designated as a national park or other special designation. As defined in the study legislation, the study focuses on the prehistoric, historic, and limestone forest sites on Rota. The National Park Service collects information about the quality of resources in the study area, evaluates the potential for visitor enjoyment and efficient management, and analyzes the feasibility and appropriateness of different management options including alternative ways that local, CNMI, federal, and private entities can further protect and interpret Rota's important places. The study will respect and retain the authorities of the CNMI government and private property owners.
 
The NPS provides its findings to the Secretary of the Interior. If the Rota study results in a recommendation from the Secretary of the Interior that areas of Rota warrant addition to the national park system, Congress may or may not act on or follow the recommendation. Other outcomes of the study could include: no change from the existing management structure, local CNMI public and/or private management options, additional NPS technical assistance, or other local, national, or international designations.

For more information:
• download the newsletter and provide comments HERE
• contact Jean Boscacci, Project Manager at 415-623-2312
• e-mail the study team at Rota_study@nps.gov   
• view the project web site at parkplanning.nps.gov/rotastudy

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