Planning for Our Parks
The National Park Service (NPS) plans for one purpose - to ensure that the decisions it makes will be carried out as effectively and efficiently as possible. The National Park Service prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide management of park re sources. Planning provides methods an tools for resolving issues in ways that minimize conflicts and promotes mutually beneficial solutions - solutions that articulate how public enjoyment of the parks can be part of a strategy for ensuring that resources are protected unimpaired for future generations.
Lake Clark Planning Portfolio
NEPA is the acronym for the National Environmental Policy Act. This act, passed in 1969, laid the foundation for environmental protection in the United States by setting policy goals for the federal government. Two major requirements of the act are that agencies analyze the environmental impacts of federal actions and engage the public in the decision-making process.
The first step in the park planing process involves defining the proposed action. For most projects, the next step in the planning process is to determine the appropriate pathway for NEPA documentation based on the proposed action's level of impact to the environment. If the proposed action will not have significant impacts to the environment, the park utilizes a categorical exclusion. If it is unclear whether or not the proposed action will have significant environmental impacts, the park prepares an environmental assessment (EA). If the proposed action will have significant environmental impacts, the park prepares an environmental impact statement (EIS).
Documents Open for Public Review
Other Plans and Projects
An archive of completed projects as well as projects without documents open for comment may be found on the PEPC website.
Your input is requested in the planning of park documents. Even if an official comment period is not open, we welcome your questions and suggestions. You can get in touch with us anytime! Pick up the phone and give us a call, send us an email, stop in an office to talk to staff members, or write us a letter. We're always happy to talk to you. Our contact information is here.
Additionally, the park hosts a variety of public meetings, not only regarding these types of decision-making documents but also to ensure regular communication with local people and the broader public through Subsistence Resource Committee meetings and public meetings regarding annual changes to the Superintendent's Compendium among other topics. Check our News Page for notifications of public meetings. Meetings are also announced through our Facebook and Twitter streams.
Did You Know?
Willow ptarmigan, found across southwest Alaska, are white in the winter and brown in the summer. These notoriously slow birds need extra camouflage from predators!