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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Park Service releases study of Mormon Row
Billings MT Gazette (AP) 16May00 D6

JACKSON, WYOMING -- The U.S. National Park Service has released a study of the environmental impact of its plan to add visitor facilities at the historic Mormon Row township in Grand Teton National Park. The township, officially known as Gros Ventre Township, was settled by Mormon pioneers in 1896, and abandoned when the Park Service bought the remaining settlers out to form the National Park.

Now, the few remaining buildings in the settlement are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Park Service is trying to add parking and visitor facilities to the site. The plan includes interpretive sites that would try to show what life was like for the community.

The environmental impact study shows that the Park Service's proposal would have almost no impact on the environment. And most of the 118 letters that the park has received about the site are supportive, provided the parking and facilities are well-hidden and do not impact the landscape or harm the rural ambiance.

"The park will begin discussions this year on how to best implement the plan," said Park Superintendent Jack Neckels.


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