National Park Service officials are seeking public comment on the management plan and environmental assessment for Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve.

The NPS also seeks public comment on a study to declare five creek segments within the monument and preserve wild and scenic, according to a National Park Service press release.

During the 90-day public review period, required by the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, there will be two public meetings.

The first will be held April 17 in Grants Pass. The second will be held April 18 in Kerby, Oregon.

Legislation that created the 4,070 acre preserve was signed into law Dec. 19, 2014, according to the press release. The management plan addresses how the roads, trails, commercial activities, hiking, use of pack animals and backcountry camping are managed on the preserve. The preserve includes a campground, nearly 20 miles of gravel roads and 17 miles of trails.

A federally-listed threatened species, the spotted owl, and a species of concern, the fisher, lives within the preserve. The area also houses a number of rare plants and includes areas with Port Orford Cedar root rot disease that need to be kept contained, according to the press release.

Both meetings are scheduled from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The first meeting will be held April 17 at The Lodge at Riverside, 900 SE 8th St., Grants Pass. The second meeting will be held April 18 at the RCC Kerby Belt Building, 24353 Redwood Highway in Kerby.

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