[Federal Register Volume 61, Number 117 (Monday, June 17, 1996)]
[Pages 30636-30637]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 96-15337]


National Park Service

Proposal To Award Concession Permits; Public Notice

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: Public notice is hereby given that the National Park Service 
proposes to award twenty-one (21) concession permtis authorizing 
continued operation of canoe rental, shuttle and related services for 
the public at Buffalo National River for a period of five (5) years 
from November 1, 1996, through October 31, 2001.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 16, 1996.

ADDRESS: Interested parties should contact the Superintendent, Buffalo 
National River, P.O. Box 1173, Harrison, Arkansas 72602-1173, to obtain 
a copy of the prospectus describing the requirements of the proposed 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This permit renewal has been determined to 
be categorically excluded from the procedural provisions of the 
National Environmental Policy Act and no environmental document will be 
    The existing concessionaires have performed their obligations to 
the satisfaction of the Secretary under existing permits which expire 
by limitation of time on October 31, 1996, and therefore pursuant to 
the provisions of Section 5 of the Act of October 9, 1965 (79 Stat. 
969; 16 U.S.C. 20), each existing concessioner is entitled to be given 
preference in the renewal of the permit and in the negotiation of a new 
permit, providing that the existing concessioner submits a responsive 
offer (a timely offer which meets the terms and conditions of the 
Prospectus). This means that the permit will be awarded to the party 
submitting the best offer,

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provided that if the best offer was not submitted by the existing 
concessioner, then the existing concessioner will be afforded the 
opportunity to match the best offer. If the existing concessioner 
agrees to match the best offer, then the permit will be awarded to the 
existing concessioner.
    If any of the existing concessionaires does not submit a responsive 
offer, the right of preference in renewal shall be considered to have 
been waived, and the permit will then be awarded to the party that has 
submitted the best responsive offer.
    The Secretary will consider and evaluate all proposals received as 
a result of this notice. Any proposal, including that of the existing 
concessioner, must be received by the Superintendent, not later than 
the sixtieth (60th) day following publication of this notice to be 
considered and evaluated.

    Dated: May 14, 1996.
David N. Given,
Acting Field Director, Midwest Field Area.
[FR Doc. 96-15337 Filed 6-14-96; 8:45 am]