The Gateway Site at Moccasin Bend National Archeological District on Hamm Road. (Photo: Staff)

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park leaders are seeking comments about updates to the general management plan for the Moccasin Bend National Archeological District. 

In October 2015, officials shared with the public a range of draft alternatives that could guide management of the area and heard feedback from an array of organizations, agencies and Indian tribes with cultural ties to Moccasin Bend.

Officials analyzed the comments and came up with a "preferred alternative" plan that the National Park Service said will best support the purpose of the national archeological district and help maintain its significance as a unit of the national park system. 

Now, planning efforts are nearing completion. 

The new plan will amend the 1988 general management plan for Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park to provide management guidance for the Moccasin Bend unit of the park. 

"This amendment will shape the management direction for over 700 acres of land on Moccasin Bend, which was included in the park in 2003," Brad Bennett, park superintendent, said in a prepared statement. "This plan will identify management zoning for the entire Moccasin Bend portion of the national park, with each zone defining a set of desired conditions, visitor experiences, and appropriate activities and facilities for that zone."

The preferred alternative focuses on the national park's primary purpose: commemorating 12,000 years of American Indian presence on Moccasin Bend and the sacrifices made by Americans during the Civil War, he also said. 

The preferred alternative for Moccasin Bend can be viewed here.

And people can submit comments electronically May 1–30. 

The park will host an open house to focus on the preferred alternative. 

Park staff will share how comments were addressed on the draft alternatives and how to provide comments during the public review period.

The meeting is slated for May 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga at 200 River Street. 

There will be presentations at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Comment forms will also be available at the open house.