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:
Did You Know?
The Yosemite Leadership Program partners with UC Merced, to bring students to the park each summer for hands-on professional development through internships. Students work alongside scientists, educators, interpreters, business managers, and many other professionals of the NPS and park partner organizations. Some go on to become National Park Service rangers.