Planning for Our Parks
The National Park Service (NPS) plans 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.
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. The portfolio is a dynamic compilation of planning guidance in which certain planning elements are removed and updated, or new elements added as needed. The portfolio may consist of basic descriptions of a park’s purpose, such as the Foundation Statement; comprehensive plans, such as a General Management Plan and Master Plan; implementation plans, such as a site management plan and transportation 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.
Each unit of the National Park System is required to have a formal statement of its core mission that will provide basic guidance for all planning and management decisions—a foundation for planning and management.
In the fall of 2016, a series of community listening sessions were held in Stacyville, Medway, Millinocket, and Bangor. Over 550 interested citizens attended these sessions and numerous others shared written comments by e-mail and mail, and in person.
On August 8, 2017, a workshop was held at Shin Pond Village in Mount Chase. The workshop was an opportunity for the National Park Service to hear more from the community about potential infrastructure connected to Lower Shin Pond and road access within the monument. Nearly 50 people attended and others shared input in writing.
2018In 2018, the National Park Service hosted a series of public meetings to inform the development of a draft management plan for the monument. Meetings were held on the following dates and locations:
January 24, 2018 East Millinocket, Maine
2019In June 2019, public meetings were held to share initial thinking on potential management areas and descriptions of the experiences within those areas. The following meetings were held:
For copies of the reports from the listening sessions and planning meetings, contact us.
Last updated: March 8, 2023