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Washington Birthplace to unveil management-plan proposals

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The National Park Service will host an open house on Tuesday, May 10, to present the preliminary alternatives for George Washington Birthplace National Monument‘s General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement.

The open house will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the monument’s Visitor Center (1732 Popes Creek Road), at the end of State Route 204, which intersects with State Route 3, 38 miles east of Fredericksburg and 11 miles west of Montross.

This public gathering will  describe the most recent progress on the management plan, Superintendent Lucy Lawliss said. Park planners and managers will be on hand to answer questions about the proposed alternatives and to hear public comments.

Summaries of the three preliminary management alternatives are described in a newsletter available at Copies of the newsletter may be obtained by calling 215/597-7946; they will also be available at the public meeting.

Public input is critical at this point to help the National Park Service refine the alternatives for presentation in a formal draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement and to assist in determining the agency’s preferred alternative, Lawliss said.

Comments about the alternatives may be submitted through the project website or by mail to: George Washington Birthplace National Monument GMP, 200 Chestnut Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106, attn: Lisa Kolakowsky Smith, Project Manager.

For more information about George Washington Birthplace National Monument, visit the park’s website at