General Management Plan

Created by Congress in 1965, Assateague Island National Seashore was established to preserve the outstanding Mid-Atlantic coastal resources of Assateague Island and its adjacent waters and the natural processes upon which they depend, and to provide high quality resource-compatible recreational opportunities. To support these purposes, the National Park Service is preparing a new General Management Plan (GMP) for the seashore.


The GMP Process

The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to present the Draft General Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GMP/EIS) for Assateague Island National Seashore for your review and comment.

Assateague Island National Seashore is at a crossroads and a new vision is needed to shape the seashore's future. The Draft GMP/EIS considers alternatives to manage changes that are occurring on the island as a result of climate change and sea level rise. Through a rigorous planning process, we have explored a range of management alternatives that has involved elected officials, stakeholders, partners, and the public.

Last updated: January 29, 2016

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