Park Planning

From the beginning, stakeholder and public input has played an essential role in the development of Manzanar National Historic Site. From the grassroots efforts, spearheaded by the Manzanar Committee, that created the site to the Congressionally authorized Manzanar Advisory Commission and scores of community meetings and comments, a broad spectrum of experiences and perspectives have shaped Manzanar.

Many of Manzanar's planning efforts have focused on site preservation and development. Others relate to exhibits, audio-visual media, and publications to help visitors understand the site and its stories.

We invite you to take an active role in park planning. Since 2005, the National Park Service has been using a web-based public comment site Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC), where you can read about proposed projects and plans in parks and add your comments electronically.

Completed Planning Documents

Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan (2017)

The park’s Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan (SETP) includes findings from the self-evaluation process, as well as a plan for improving accessibility parkwide.

Foundation Document (2016)

This document articulates a shared understanding of important resources and values and provides a basis for park planning and management.

Centennial Strategy (2016)

This document, created in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, lays out the vision for the next 100 years of preserving and protecting this National Historic Site. Visit the Centennial Website to learn more about the Centennial Initiative.

Garden Management Plan (2015)

This document identifies specific treatments to meet the goals set forth in the General Management Plan. Implementing the Garden Management Plan will provide the public with the opportunity to see the full range of gardens types at Manzanar.

Museum Management Plan (2012)

This document identifies the key collection issues facing the park and presents a series of recommendations to address those issues.

Orchard Management Plan (2010)

This document provides guidance for the management of park orchards. Recommendations call for the restoration and rehabilitation of portions of five town-era orchards.

Long Range Interpretive Plan (2007)

This document provides interpretive direction for the park that was developed with public input and involvement. The park is engaged in the long-term process of realizing the visions outlined in this plan.

Cultural Landscape Report (2006)

This document provides recommendations for the park landscape as a whole. These recommendations provide a broad framework for future treatment with some specific examples.

General Management Plan (1997)

This document presents a proposal and two alternatives for the management, use, and development of Manzanar National Historic Site as well as an Environmental Impact Statement.

Last updated: May 19, 2020

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Manzanar National Historic Site
P.O. Box 426
5001 Highway 395

Independence, CA 93526


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