Park Planning


Planning in the National Park Service guides informed and insightful decisions that provide relevant and timely direction to park management, and informs future decision-making for each national park system unit in accord with its stated mission. Planning also provides methods and tools for resolving issues in ways that minimize conflicts and promotes mutually beneficial solutions - solutions that articulate how public enjoyment of the parks can be part of a strategy for ensuring that resources are protected unimpaired for future generations.

The National Park Service prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide management of park resources and visitor use and activity. The Park Planning and Special Studies Division in the national office provides overall direction for park planning. It works closely with the seven regional planning offices, which are responsible for plan production and technical assistance to parks. Additional capacity for plan production and planning services is provided by the Denver Service Center Planning Division. Planning is accomplished through collaboration with various NPS programs, such as Facilities, Transportation, Wilderness, Cultural Resources, and Natural Resources, to meet park planning needs.

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General Management Plan

The General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement is the basic guidance document for managing the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area for the next twenty years.



Cultural Landscape Reports

Cultural landscapes are defined as geographical areas, including both cultural and natural resources and the wildlife or domestic animals therein, associated with a historical event, activity, or person, or that exhibits other cultural or aesthetic values. A Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) documents changes to the cultural landscape and provides treatment recommendations based on the significance and integrity of the resource and the needs of contemporary park management.


Long-Range Interpretive Plan

The Long-Range Interpretive Plan is a document that sharpens our focus and pulls together all of the education and interpretation efforts related to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The plan summarizes the park themes, identifies the desired visitor experience, describes the existing condition of interpretive services, and lists internal and external issues and influences. The plan also offers park managers and staff recommendations for achieving this long-term vision for interpretation.


Environmental Assessment (EA)

An Environmental Assessment(EA) is an analysis of any action that will occur with in the park that may significantly affect, positively or negatively, the environment. If an action in the park is determined to affect the environment in the park a more detailed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be required. The certified release of an Environmental Assessment results in either an EIS or a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

Environmental Assessment Scoping Newsletter, Hyde Farm Trail, April 2019


Trail System Assessment

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) Trail Assessment was conducted in 2018, as a response to direction set forth in the National Park Service (NPS) Unit’s General Management Plan (GMP) and Foundation Documentation where it was stated that a key issue of degrading resource conditions “due to high levels of use that is stressing or deteriorating hiking and biking trails and leading to social trails and erosion.”

Last updated: May 17, 2019

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