Assateague Island National Seashore prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide it in managing park resources. These documents can range from site-specific impact analyses on facility locations to broader park-wide plans for future use and management of the park.
General Management Plan
The Abbreviated Final General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) for Assateague Island National Seashore is now available on the NPS Planning, Environmental and Public Comment website. "The General Management Plan (GMP) will guide Assateague Island National Seashore managers for the next 15 to 20 years in protecting the Seashore's natural and cultural features," said Seashore Superintendent Deborah Darden. “The GMP sets the stage for managers to respond to island changes likely to occur due to natural processes, climate change, and sea level rise."
Your New Beach Experience
Although funding is currently unavailable, planning is underway to offer a new beach experience 1.5 miles north of the current recreational beach in the Virginia District. This project aims to support and sustain the local tourism-based economy while sustainably providing an excellent visitor experience. Please see the links below for the most recent updates in this long-term project.
Conceptual Designs of the new recreational beach in the Virginia District
New Beach Experience - July 2017 update (pdf file, 2.4Mb)
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Finding of No Significant Impact - Parking Area Removal and Relocation (PDF file, 2.2 MB)
Long Range Transportation Plan (PDF file, 52kb)
Alternative Transportation Study - Public Meeting, January 17, 2009 (PDF file, 13kb)
Alternative Transportation Study: Initial Public Meetings will be held October 16, 2008 (PDF file, 22kb)
Alternative Transportation Planning
Long Range Interpretive Plan (PDF file, 986kb)
Last updated: September 9, 2017