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Planning & Compliance

The site below provides access to current plans including the Draft GMP/East Everglades Wilderness Study, environmental impact analyses, and related documents on public review. Users of the site can submit comments for documents available for public review.
NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment System


Everglades National Park is seeking public comment on its just completed Draft Seagrass Habitat Restoration Management Plan for Florida Bay.

The draft plan was released August 20 for public review, and comments will be accepted throughFriday, October 4, 2013.

The public is invited to attend a meeting about the draft plan on Monday, September 16, 2013(6:00 to 8:00 p.m.) to learn more about the project, ask questions and provide comments and recommendations.

The meeting will be held in Founders Park at the Community Center building, located at 87000 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036 (mile marker 87, bay side).

Comments can be provided either in writing and mailed to Fred Herling at 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, Florida 33034 or posted to the park planning website at


There are 4 separate documents for review that can be downloaded below.

1. Chapter 1

2. Chapter 2-5

3. Chapter 6-12

4. Chapter 13

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Public meeting Homestead Florida

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The Draft General Management Plan / East Everglades Wilderness Study / Environmental Impact Statement public review and comment period concluded on May 12, 2013.

Nine (9) public meetings and more than 20 additional stakeholder events were held over the past 3 months, providing invaluable public input that will be used to develop the Final GMP.

The planning team will be spending the rest of 2013 analyzing the thousands of comments received, making necessary changes to the plan and preferred alternative based on the public review process, and developing the final document.

The Final GMP is expected to be released to the public in early 2014.

Please contact Fred Herling 305-242-7704 for more information.

Additional Planning Documents of Interest

Strategic Plans

These publications are produced to fulfill the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 and to provide direction in our efforts to achieve the National Park Service Mission.

Everglades National Park Strategic Plan, 2001-2005 (1.41 MB)


Monitoring and Research Reports
The South Florida Natural Resources Center (SFNRC) coordinates ongoing monitoring and research in our four south Florida national parks. The findings of these studies help direct all resource management decisions.

South Florida Natural Resources Center Publications

Did You Know?

Fire in Pinelands

Lightning-ignited fires are a natural part of the Everglades ecosystems. They aid in the recycling of nutrients through the ecosystem.