Just as cartographers draw maps that help hikers know where they are going, park planners facilitate the development of guiding documents, or plans, that provide managers with directions for how a park should be managed. Planners bring together the ideas of park staff and interested members of the public to create plans that provide a vision for what the park will be like in the years to come.
Park plans help managers determine the best ways to comply with a park's enabling legislation and other laws and policies. In those instances where there is management discretion, park plans also provide a framework for managers to determine the best way to respond to the many competing interests in parks.
Did You Know?
Vent Mountain is actually a volcano within a volcano. It looms 2,200 feet (670 meters) above the Aniakchak Caldera floor. Numerous similar lava flows have occured within Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve.