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Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725
Channel Islands National Park announces the completion of the Channel Islands National Park Final General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP).
The plan is the culmination of several years of effort involving the thoughtful input and participation of hundreds of individuals and many organizations and public agencies.
The GMP provides for strong natural and cultural resource protection of this very special park, while at the same time providing for a diversity of appropriate recreational opportunities on the remote islands.
Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau said, "We greatly appreciate the public's involvement in this planning effort. It has helped to set the direction for the park's future."
The GMP provides specific management direction for a number of important issues that arose during the planning process, including the future of historic areas and structures and the park's operational facilities on the islands and on the mainland. The document also includes a wilderness study, which proposes wilderness and potential wilderness for different parts of the park.
The life of this GMP is expected to be many years and it may be many years before some of the projects in the plan are funded and implemented.In some cases, there will be additional opportunities for civic engagement to refine the project details while remaining consistent with the GMP direction.
For more information visit: www.nps.gov/chis/learn/management/general-management-plan.htm