Park Planning


This site is dedicated to providing the public with information on planning activities and projects within Devils Postpile National Monument and how you can be involved in the planning process.

Please click on the links below to learn more about these planning activities and projects.

Many of our ongoing planning projects are now also found on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) web page.


Devils Postpile National Monument News Release
Date: 10/16//2018

Contact: Devils Postpile National Monument / (760) 924-5505, or
The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce the availability of the Devils Postpile National Monument Fire Management Plan Update Environmental Assessment (EA) for a 30-day period of public review and comment.
This EA evaluates a range of alternatives and management actions for wildfire and fuels management at Devils Postpile National Monument (the monument) and analyzes the impacts that could result from the implementation of these alternatives. Upon conclusion of this National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision-making process, one of the alternatives, or a combination of actions from multiple alternatives, will become the long-term fire management plan (FMP) strategy for the monument.
The EA evaluates the impacts of the no-action alternative (Alternative A) and one action alternative (Alternatives B). Alternative A would continue the implementation of the current FMP strategy adopted in 2005 which restricts fuels treatment projects to the northeastern 15% of the monument that is not federally-designated wilderness. Under Alternative A, all wildfires would be subject to full suppression. Under Alternative B, the NPS preferred alternative, fuels treatments involving manual fuel reduction and prescribed burning would be allowed throughout the monument and naturally-occurring wildfire, in accordance with current federal wildland fire management policy, could be managed to accomplish specific resource management goals and objectives when appropriate conditions exist. Fuel treatments combined with managed wildfire for multiple objectives reduces hazardous fuels, contributes to the restoration of fire in fire-adapted ecosystems, improves wildlife habitat, and promotes native vegetation.
The EA analyzes impacts of these alternatives in detail for air quality, vegetation, wetlands and sensitive plant species, wildlife and special status species, visitor experience, wilderness character and cultural resources.
Public comments on the EA will be accepted from October 16 to November 16, 2018. You may comment online and download the document file through at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website Select “Open for Comment” from the menu list on the left to open the EA file and comment page. Use the button “Comment Now” to provide your comments on the EA. Written comments may also be mailed to the address below. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or in any other way than those specified above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted. Mailed comments must be postmarked by November 16, 2018 to ensure that your comment will be considered.
For further information, visit
Mailing address:
Superintendent, Draft EA Fire Management Plan Comments
Devils Postpile National Monument
NPS POB 3999
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546


The National Park Service (NPS) has recently completed the Devils Postpile National Monument General Management Plan (GMP) which will provide long-term guidance for management of the monument.

The primary focus of the approved GMP is to emphasize key features with national significance for resource protection and connect visitors with nature and heritage, including traditional park experiences in a natural setting.

Key components of the selected alternative are as follows:

  • Additional emphasis will be placed on connections and partnerships with the Inyo National Forest and the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
  • The monument will continue to be managed as a gateway to a greater wilderness.
  • Natural and cultural resources will continue to receive a high degree of protection with an increased emphasis on providing demonstrations for visitors on a range of resource management techniques to engage visitors in resource management activities and programs such as inventory and monitoring, invasive plant removal, historic preservation, and archeological investigations.
  • Visitor experiences will continue to include a range of low-impact recreational opportunities that have traditionally been available within the monument such as camping, fishing, hiking, sightseeing and wildlife viewing.
  • The monument will explore opportunities for increased trail connections and promote self-discovery and opportunities to connect with nature.
  • Interpretation and education programs and media will emphasize themes related to corridors and connectivity as well as the role of the area as a gateway to a broader wilderness.
For more information or to read the documents, see the General Management Plan Page.
Devils Postpile National Monument Seeks Public Input on Draft Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan

National Park Service News Release

Release date: July 21, 2017

Contact(s): Superintendent,, Phone: 760-924-5505
Date: July 21, 2017

Devils Postpile National Monument Seeks Public Input on Draft Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan

The National Park Service has prepared a draft report that provides recommendations to improve the accessibility at Devils Postpile National Monument. As part of the planning process, the National Park Service is seeking public comment on the draft plan. The Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan (SETP) is available July 24-September 1 for public review and comment at

An interdisciplinary team, including park and regional staff, identified the key park experiences and park areas to determine which areas would be evaluated for accessibility needs. The team then developed implementation strategies for improving the accessibility at each location. The plan will guide changes to the way existing services, activities, and programs are provided in multiple locations throughout Devils Postpile National Monument by defining what barriers limit accessibility and providing recommendations on how they can be modified or removed to increase accessibility for all users.

Comments may be provided through the above website, or faxed, hand delivered, or mailed to (insert address and fax number here). All comments must be received by September 1, 2017.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Your participation is important to our planning process.

Last updated: October 16, 2018

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Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546


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