The National Park Service plans for one purpose - to ensure that the decisions it makes are as effective and efficient as possible in carrying out the NPS mission.
The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is landmark environmental legislation that requires all federal agencies to:
Read together, the provisions of NEPA and the National Park Service Organic Act jointly commit the Service to make informed decisions that perpetuate the conservation and protection of park resources unimpaired for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.
Current Planning Efforts:
Major Park Plans:
Did You Know?
River otters defecate in certain spots to mark their territory. Researchers in Kenai Fjords National Park have discovered that these "latrine sites" enrich the soil, allowing plants to grow in those spots that aren't found anywhere else close by.