Introduction to Planning

Park planning is an evolving process that involves time, research, and science. Park scientists, administrators, educators, facilities managers, trail builders, architects, engineers and protection rangers devote a great deal of time, experiences, and expertise to the planning process. But there is another integral link in the planning process: The input of people who care about and for Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Planning invites you to get involved!

When beginning the process of planning, there are three major questions:

  • What steps are necessary?
  • What type of plan is this?
  • What documents are needed to inform the plan?

Answers to these same questions are a great way to get a better understanding of how Yosemite planning operates.

Yosemite's planning team strives to ensure its projects do not harm the park's resources; therefore, all plans require consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency. This is done through a review of the National Environmental Policy Act[54 kb PDF] (NEPA) guidelines.

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