• Jasper Forest is magical in twilight, particularly the logs on stone pedestals

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Park Planning

 
Park Planning Tour

Park Planning Tour

NPS

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

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

General Glossary of Planning Terms

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

Environmental Assessment (EA): An EA is prepared to determine whether the impact of a proposed action or alternatives could be significant.

Record of Decision (ROD): The document that is prepared to substantiate 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.

Did You Know?

badlands landscape at Jasper Forest

On clear days in the Southwest, especially on crisp, cold winter days, you can see landscape features almost 100 miles away!