Bandelier Asking For Public Comments On Project

Sketch of proposed tri-plex housing unit, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
The National Park Service (NPS) at Bandelier National Monument is soliciting input on an Environmental Assessment for a project that proposes to construct two tri-plex housing units for temporary employees, and two group campsites for work crews, in the park’s Mesa Housing Area. 
The tri-plexes would replace four NPS-owned trailers which were set up in 1982 to be used for office space and housing for temporary employees. In the intervening years they have deteriorated from age and are subject to rodent infestation; they are now condemned and unusable. 
The tri-plex houses replacing the trailers would house five to nine NPS employees. The two 20-person campsites will provide facilities for short-term NPS work groups, researchers, and volunteers. Formerly, such crews have had to camp in Juniper Campground, which is intended and designed for family camping by park visitors.
Detailed information on this project is available online at /triplex; look under the “Open for Comment” tab. Comments can be submitted at that location online, or by mail to: Superintendent, Bandelier National Monument, 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM  87544. Comments are most useful if submitted by March 12, 2017. After the 30-day Public Comment Period, the Environmental Assessment will be available for public review for 30 days sometime this summer. 
Those commenting are requested to include their name and address and/or email address so they can be added to the mailing list for future notices. 
Interested persons should be aware that their entire comment, including personally identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. Those commenting can ask that their information be withheld from public review, but the NPS cannot guarantee that this will be possible.