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?
The Aniakchak River drops more than 1,000 feet in the first 15 miles leaving the caldera. The final 12 miles of the 27 mile river is a smooth, winding float along the open tundra. Watch for bears, moose, and other wildlife as you float.