The U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service administers Alcatraz Island as a unit of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GOGA). GOGA is part of the Central California Coast International Biosphere Reserve. Biosphere reserves are designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote education and preservation of diverse and sensitive habitats of international significance.
For additional management information for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area please visit www.nps.gov/goga.
For information on laws and policies related to Alcatraz Island, either use the link above or visit http://www.nps.gov/alca/parkmgmt/lawsandpolicies.htm.
Did You Know?
In 1909 the U.S. Army began construction on the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world - a new military prison necessary because of a large influx of U.S. soldiers convicted of crimes in the Philippines. This building would become the famous U.S. Penitentiary Alcatraz in 1934.