- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) - The National Park Service says a proposed replacement communications tower poses no significant impact in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The park service said Wednesday it has issued a final environmental assessment for the proposed replacement tower.

The current tower provides communications that the park service says are essential to public safety and efficient operations for the western North Dakota park and the U.S. Forest Service.

The park service says it will issue Verizon Wireless a right-of-way permit to co-locate the company’s cellular equipment and replace the existing tower northeast of the park entrance and east of U.S. Highway 85.

The agency and Verizon determined only one tower was needed. The new 190-foot-high tower will replace an existing 220-foot-high tower, eliminating the need for aviation safety lighting.

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