Planning and Management Documents
An Environmental Assessment (EA) is a planning tool that is used to explore alternatives and determine whether those alternatives will have significant impacts. EAs are made available to the public for review and comment. If the EA reveals that the proposed action will have a significant impact, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must be prepared (see next section). If the EA reveals that there will not be significant impacts, a decision document is prepared and signed (see below).
Environmental Impact Statements
At the conclusion of an EIS, a Record of Decision (ROD) must be signed. The ROD describes the ultimate choice of an alternative, mitigation measures to reduce impacts, and the decision rationale. The ROD is signed by the Regional Director of the National Park Service.
Development Concept Plans
Some plans are not available in digital format at this time. To request a copy of a specific management plan, please contact the Information Office at 970-586-1206 or e-mail us.
Management Plans often include an EA so that the impacts of alternative management strategies can be evaluated. For some management plans an EIS is required because of the potential for significant impacts or where the topic is controversial. Management Plans are made available for public review and comment.
Budget Planning and Management
Consumer Confidence Reports
Did You Know?
The Nerd Herd (aka research volunteers) gave more than 4,500 hours to the park in 2009. These citizen scientists help monitor the health of our resources including bears, elk, plants, hummingbirds, glaciers, and butterflies. More...