FONSI signed for upgrades

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Improvements for Frijoles Mesa are expected to begin June 1

By Special to the Monitor

Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott announced Friday that the National Park Service (NPS) regional director has signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Frijoles Mesa Improvements in Bandelier National Monument.

The project is scheduled to begin June 1, and is funded through the American Reinvestment & Recovery Act (ARRA).  

“The project improvements approved  include facility projects at Juniper Campground and at the housing and maintenance areas within the Frijoles Mesa area,” Lott said. “Highlights of the project include alternatives to control erosion, campsite over-crowding, and circulation problems at Juniper Campground, as well as road and pavement degradation within the housing and maintenance areas on Frijoles Mesa.”

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the National Park Service prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to examine alternatives and environmental impacts associated with the proposed action. The preferred alternative was selected after a careful review of resource and visitor impacts and public comment.

This assessment found that the Proposed Action would have no significant adverse impacts to natural or historic resources at the Monument, while providing beneficial long-term impacts to soil and water resources from the proposed improvements in drainage, as well as providing major beneficial impacts to the visitor experience through the various improvements to Juniper Campground facilities.

A closure to the campground for construction is part of the proposed action, which would result in minor adverse short-term impacts to the soundscape, concessions, visitor use, with possible adverse short-term impacts to soils, surface water, and vegetation and wildlife from construction activities.

These potential short-term impacts will be minimized by the use of Best Management Practices outlined in this assessment.

The EA and the signed Finding of No Significant Impact are available in electronic format on the Internet at http://park


Printed copies are available by request Frijoles Mesa Improvements FONSI, Superintendent, Bandelier National Monument, and 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM, 87544.

For information about the campground closure, visit www.nps.gov/band.