Park Planning

Tall rocky mountains with ground level green vegetation. blue-gray glacier splits the scene
Glacier Bay Wilderness at Lamplugh Glacier

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Backcountry Management Plan

The National Park The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public feedback to inform management planning for a backcountry area encompassing ~2.6 million-acres of designated Wilderness lands and waters in Glacier Bay National Park.

See additional details about the planning process in the Backcountry Management Plan (BMP) newsletters:

BMP Newsletter #2 - Winter 2020/2021

(500kb pdf download)
BMP Newsletter #1 - Spring 2020
(600kb pdf download)

Submit your comments through the NPS Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) website here.

The NPS is midway through the planning process with no proposed management actions at this time. Park managers encourage the public to review a planning process update (newsletter #2) and to provide input on alternative strategies for managing ~2.6 million-acres of designated Wilderness lands and waters in Glacier Bay National Park. The deadline for comments is January 30, 2021.

Documents Open for Public Review

    Other Plans and Projects

    An archive of completed projects as well as projects without documents open for comment may be found on the PEPC website.


    Even if the formal public review period for a planning document is closed, you can still offer your thoughts to us. We welcome your voice at any stage of the planning process.


    Planning for Our Parks

    The National Park Service (NPS) plans for one purpose - to ensure that the decisions it makes will be carried out as effectively and efficiently as possible. The National Park Service prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide management of park resources. Planning 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.

    Glacier Bay Planning Portfolio

    Park managers are guided by a variety of plans and studies, covering many topics. The totality of a park's plans is referred to as the Portfolio of Management Plans (portfolio). The portfolio is a dynamic compilation of planning guidance in which certain planning elements are removed and updated, or new elements added as needed. For Alaska, the portfolio consists of basic descriptions of a park's purpose, such as the Foundation Statement, NPS Alaska Regional Management Guidelines, Land Protection Plans, and Park Atlas; comprehensive plans, such as a General Management Plan and Master Plan; implementation plans, such as a site management plan, transportation plan and fire management plan; and strategic program plans, such as a long-range interpretive plan. The above lists are examples of the types of planning elements that could be found in a portfolio.Each park's portfolio of management plans will be composed of a unique set of plans designed specifically to help manage that particular unit.

    Explore the Glacier Bay Portfolio of Management Plans


    NEPA is the acronym for the National Environmental Policy Act. This act, passed in 1969, laid the foundation for environmental protection in the United States by setting policy goals for the federal government. Two major requirements of the act are that agencies analyze the environmental impacts of federal actions and engage the public in the decision-making process.The first step in the park planning process involves defining the proposed action. For most projects, the next step in the planning process is to determine the appropriate pathway for NEPA documentation based on the proposed action's level of impact to the environment. If the proposed action will not have significant impacts to the environment, the park utilizes a categorical exclusion. If it is unclear whether or not the proposed action will have significant environmental impacts, the park prepares an environmental assessment (EA). If the proposed action will have significant environmental impacts, the park prepares an environmental impact statement (EIS).

    Explore Glacier Bay's NEPA documents

    Last updated: June 24, 2021

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    Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
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    Gustavus , AK 99826


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