Adjacent Land Use

Development borders the national seashore at Santa Rosa
The Santa Rosa unit of Gulf Islands National Seashore is surrounded by development


Changes in land use and increased development outside of park boundaries is a high-priority concern for the Gulf Coast Network and park management. These changes can lead to an increase in invasive species, alter air and water quality, and contribute to wildlife habitat fragmentation. It can also affect park views and soundscapes, and increase litter and debris inside the park boundaries.

For more information, see the Gulf Coast Inventory and Monitoring Network Adjacent Land use Project.

Construction machinery building a riverwalk near a National Park
The city and local river authority manage portions of the land adjacent to San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. The construction of a riverwalk increases access to several park units but can also affect the existing vegetation and water quality.


a canal next to a large concrete pump station
The Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is bordered by a town and several housing developments. As needed, the town pumps excess water into the canal adjacent to the preserve, which can add pollutants to the park's waterways.

Jane Carlson/NPS

Last updated: May 2, 2019