Park Planning Tour

Park Planning Tour


Park planning is a decision-making process that involves an understanding of the purpose and significance of the park along with public input.

Ongoing planning projects can be found on the NPS Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) web page: Petrified Forest Public Planning Website.


Management Documents

Superintendent's Compendium rv. 2015 (2.8 MB pdf)

Aviation Plans 2015 (1.4 MB pdf)

Opening New Lands Map (761 kb pdf)

Petrified Forest National Park Budget Information (65 KB pdf)

Petrified Forest National Park Strategic Plan 2013-2017 Park staff held a strategic planning workshop to create a vision for Petrified Forest National Park for the next five years and develop objectives and strategies for achieving the vision. (356 kb PDF)

Petrified Forest National Park Environmental Commitment Statement

Petrified Forest National Park General Management Plan Amendment/Environmental Assessment
This document from 2010 pertains only to lands that are the subject of the Petrified Forest Expansion Act of 2004 (11.5 mb PDF)

2004 General Management Plan Revision
This document focuses on issues within the park boundary in 2004 and updates a 1993 plan (477 kb PDF)

Wilderness Stewardship Plan-Environmental Assessment

Long-Range Interpretive Plan


Glossary of Planning Terms

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS): prepared when a proposed action or alternatives have the potential for significant effect on the human environment.

Environmental Assessment (EA): determines whether the impact of a proposed action or alternatives could be significant.

Record of Decision (ROD): substantiates a decision based on an EIS. It includes a statement of the decision made, a detailed discussion of decision rationale, and the reasons for not adopting all mitigation measures analyzed, if applicable.

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI): A determination based on an EA and other factors in the public planning record for a proposal that, if implemented, would have no significant impact on the human environment.

Scoping: The procedure by which an agency identifies important issues and determines the extent of analysis necessary for an informed decision on a proposed action. Scoping, an integral part of environmental analysis, includes early involvement of interested and affected public, as well as internal and external agency contacts. Although formal scoping occurs for a specific time period, we welcome your comments on projects while we are in the process of preparing plans.

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