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Haleakala National Park plan moves forward

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:21 a.m. HST, Jan 29, 2014

WAILUKU >> Haleakala National Park is implementing a plan to cut back on the number of commercial visitors.

The Maui News says the goal is to ensure preservation of the resources at the park -- Maui's most popular attraction -- and ensure high-quality experiences in the next 10 to 15 years.

The plan was one of four options looked at.

Under the plan, commercial bicycle tours will continue to be prohibited. Other offerings, including horseback riding and astronomy tours, will be limited.

The National Park Service last month made a finding of no significant impact for the plan.

Officials say competitive processes for service providers will be developed over the next year.

Maui County economic development coordinator Teena Rasmussen says her office has not yet reviewed the plan.

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