Bering Land Bridge National Preserve is currently working on a Master Plan for Serpentine Hot Springs.
Both Gates of the Arctic and Lake Clark National Park & Preserve are currently working on a GMP amendment.
Planning for Our Parks
The National Park Service (NPS) plans for one purpose - to ensure that the decisions it makes will be carried out as effectively and efficiently as possible. The National Park Service prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide management of park resources. Planning provides methods and tools for resolving issues in ways that minimize conflicts and promotes mutually beneficial solutions - solutions that articulate how public enjoyment of the parks can be part of a strategy for ensuring that resources are protected unimpaired for future generations.
NPS Park Planning guides informed and insightful decisions that provide relevant and timely direction to park management, and informs future decision-making for each National Park System unit in accord with its stated mission.
Portfolio of Management Plans
Park managers are guided by a variety of plans and studies, covering many topics. The totality of a park’s plans is referred to as the Portfolio of Management Plans (portfolio). The portfolio is a dynamic compilation of planning guidance in which certain planning elements are removed and updated, or new elements added as needed.
Planning Portfolio Documents
Foundation Statement - The foundation is grounded in the unit’s legislation and from knowledge acquired since the unit was originally established. The Foundation Statement provides a shared understanding of what is most important about the unit. The Foundation Statement describes the unit’s purpose, significance, fundamental resources and values, primary interpretive themes, and special mandates.
NPS Alaska Regional Management Guidelines - This guidance is meant to be the distillation of 30-plus years of interpreting and implementing the laws, regulations, and policies pertinent to parks in the Alaska Region, focusing on ANILCA.Â The goal is that this guidance will help inform NPS staff and guide them in their decision-making while also ensuring consistency in interpretation at the same time.
Land Protection Plans - Land Protection Plans are required by agencies with nonfederal lands or interests in land within the authorized boundary, and the LPP serves as a strategy for the acquisition and/or interests of those lands. The major elements to be addressed in a LPP are: (1) the identification of nonfederal lands within the park's boundaries that need to be protected; (2) the minimum interest in those lands that the National Park Service must obtain; (3) the recommended means of acquiring land or interest in land; (4) priorities for protection to ensure that available funds are used to protect the most important resources; (5) impacts of the land protection plan on local residents; (6) the amount, type, and density of use or development of non-federal lands that can take place without harming park resources; and (7) external activities that have or may have effects on park resources and land protection requirements.
Park Atlas - The park atlas is a collection of maps and geospatial data indicating areas of particular importance as to wilderness, natural, historical, wildlife, cultural, archeological, paleontological, geological, recreational, and similar resources.
Wild and Scenic River Value Statements - Every designated river must have a Values Statement. The Wild and Scenic River Values Statement identifies and articulates those resources and values that were critical to a river’s designation and inclusion in the national Wild & Scenic River system. The ORVs are the unique and/or exemplary resources contained in the river’s corridor than must be protected and enhanced in order for a river to be in compliance with the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
General Management Plan - Comprehensive park plan that guides the long-term management of resources, visitor use, and general development at the park. Every park has a GMP.
Implementation Plans - More detailed plans for specific areas or programs that implement decisions made in the General Management Plan.
Fire Management Plan - Provides direction for wildland fire management.
Long-Range Interpretive Plan - Provide a vision for the future (5-10 years) of interpretation, education, and visitor experience opportunities. They identify and analyze interpretation, education, and visitor experience goals and issues. They recommend the most effective, efficient, and practical ways to address those goals and issues.
Transportation Plan - Assesses and monitors transportation related issues, performance and maintenance.
Planning Documents by Park
Planning and compliance documents can be found in two places: The National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website, and under "Park Management" on the respective park website.
We’ve posted on our websites the Park Portfolio of Management Plans. These plans, reports, and compilations can help explain what issues the park faces and how management plans to address them.
Welcome to the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment site.
The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 created most of the national parks in Alaska and governs their planning and management.
This is a list of current planning and environmental compliance projects in Alaska being conducted at the regional level.
Provides sources of additional information about planning, resources and the environmental impact analysis process.