National Park Service Wants Your Help with the General Management Plan

Superintendent Cindy Ott-Jones announced that the National Park Service will prepare a General Management Plan (GMP) for Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. This plan will articulate the long-term vision that will guide management of the recreation area and the national monument for approximately the next 15 to 20 years.

Scoping is an opportunity early in the planning process for the public, organizations, and other agencies to suggest issues and alternatives that should be considered by the National Park Service in preparing the General Management Plan.  The GMP process will explore different approaches to preserve the important recreational opportunities, natural resources, and cultural histories of the two parks and continue to make them educational and inspirational places for all to visit and enjoy.

Because the General Management Plan is developed through an interactive planning process, the GMP also represents an agreement with the American public about how the park unit will be managed in the future, including resource conditions, opportunities for visitor experiences, and types and locations for visitor access.

DATES:  To determine the scope of issues to be addressed in the General Management Plan and to identify significant issues related to management of Lake Meredith and Alibates Flint Quarries, the park service will conduct public scoping meetings as follows:

   April 27, 2009 - Sanford-Fritch Junior High School Cafeteria, 536 Eagle Blvd., Fritch, TX

   April 28, 2009 - Frank Phillips College, Gallery Room, Fine Arts and Cafeteria Bldg., 1301 W. Roosevelt St., Borger, TX
   April 29, 2009 - First State Bank, 500 E. 1st St. (Hwy. 152), Dumas, TX

   April 30, 2009 - Ambassador Hotel, Trinity Room, 3100 I-40 West, Exit 68-B (Georgia St.), Amarillo, TX

All meetings will be from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, with a brief presentation given at 5:30.  Representatives of the National Park Service will be available at each of the public meetings to discuss issues, resource concerns, and the planning process.  Additional information about the meetings and the GMP is available on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) Website at

ADDRESSES:  Written comments or requests for information should be addressed to Cindy Ott-Jones, Superintendent, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, P.O. Box 1460, Fritch, TX 79036-1460.  Comments may also be hand-delivered to Lake Meredith NRA Headquarters at 419 E. Broadway, Fritch, TX.

In addition, comments may be entered online in the NPS PEPC Website at

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cindy Ott-Jones, Superintendent, at 806-857-3151.