Planner's Reading Room
Planning and compliance efforts are guided by a variety of official National Park Service documents as well as scientific research, design guidelines and supporting legislation.
National Park Service Policies:
National Park Service Directives:
National Environmental Policy Act and Other Environmental Policies: The following documents provide overviews of both the National Environmental Policy Act and other types of environmental compliance used in park planning:
Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and Wilderness Act Information: The following websites and acts regard the designation of rivers as wild and scenic and lands as wilderness, providing them with special protections:
Historic Preservation Information: These programs, acts and guidelines inform park planners when preserving historic buildings and grounds:
Public Comments Information:
Federal Codes and Policies:
Yosemite Plans and Projects:
Did You Know?
The Merced River was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1987. Eighty-one miles of river runs through Yosemite National Park, including a stretch in Yosemite Valley.