General Management Plan
Created by Congress in 1965, Assateague Island National Seashore was established to preserve the outstanding Mid-Atlantic coastal resources of Assateague Island and its adjacent waters and the natural processes upon which they depend, and to provide high quality resource-compatible recreational opportunities. To support these purposes, the National Park Service is preparing a new General Management Plan (GMP) for the seashore.
Status of our GMP Process
April, 2012 - The National Park Service is preparing a new General Management Plan (GMP) for Assateague Island National Seashore. GMPs take a long-range view and provide a framework for managers to use in making decisions about how best to protect park resources, what levels and types of use are appropriate, what facilities should be developed, and how people should access the park. All of which must be consistent with the reasons for the park's establishment - its purpose and significance.
Did You Know?
When you see beach foam think of egg whites! Beach foam is created when the tumultuous action of the surf forces air into the ocean water. It is similar to whipping egg whites into froth but instead of egg whites the ocean contains organic compounds that reduce the surface tension of the bubbles.