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?
Prickly pear cactus is native to dry, sandy areas on Assateague Island. American Indians applied peeled pads to wounds and drank pad tea for lung ailments. Fruits were eaten fresh or dried for winter use.