The enabling legislation for
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area (P.L. 104-333) requires that
park managers protect and maintain the natural and scientific values of
the islands, while at the same time, mandating that managers improve access
to the area and enhance public outdoor recreation. Thus, in addition to
the balance between resource protection and visitor use typical at all
units of the
The National Parks and Recreation
Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-625) requires that the Boston Harbor Islands general
management plan include identification of and implementation commitments
for visitor carrying capacities for all areas of the unit. In response,
the areas General Management Plan identifies a process for protecting
park resources and providing quality visitor experiences through
Establishing both a social and ecological carrying capacity is essential to providing guidance on acceptable visitor use management that might range from area closure (to protect rare species, wildlife habitat, or other sensitive areas), or use dispersal (such as hiking and camping) to concentrating use (such as high density visitation at developed facilities) for the long-term protection and preservation of the natural characteristics of the islands.
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