General Management Plan 2014

The National Park Service (NPS) has completed an update to the General Management Plan (GMP) for Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Muir Woods National Monument. The GMP, along with the Final Environmental Impact Statement, were released in April 2014. This plan replaces the 1980 general management plan which effectively guided the park for more than three decades. The decision document, or Record of Decision, was approved and signed by the Regional Director on January 30th, 2015.

In the time since the first GMP was completed (1980) the park has more than doubled in size and visitation, the ecological and historical importance of its resources has become better understood, and several properties have been added to the park in San Mateo County. It was time to look forward again - to see how we can best preserve the natural vitality and unique cultural history of our park lands and continue to make them great places for all of us to visit and enjoy.

This plan is the culmination of several years of effort involving the thoughtful input and participation of thousands of individuals, dozens of public agencies, and numerous outside organizations and stakeholder groups.

The new plan identifies the preferred alternatives—Connecting People with the Parks for parkland in San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin counties; and Focusing on National Treasures for Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island—as reshaped by public comments on the Draft GMP/EIS. The plan includes a summary of comments and the NPS responses to them.

Click the links below to download the document:

GMP Volume I (PDF 30 MB)

GMP Volume II (PDF 33 MB)

GMP Record of Decision (PDF 12.5 MB)

Collage of a bobcat, pelican, and horizontal photo of Golden Gate Bridge
GGNRA is a resource that contributes
to this region’s greatness. On any given
day, it’s possible to stroll through the
majestic redwood trees of Muir Woods,
find respite from a busy urban area,
experience and learn about military
history, hike the coastal trail at Mori
Point, immerse yourself in history at
Alcatraz Island, or spot a red-tailed
hawk soaring in the Marin Headlands.

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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