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.
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.
The purpose of a Foundation Document is to affirm a national park unit's core mission and significance, its key resources and values, and the interpretive themes conveying its important stories. Although not a decision-making instrument, including neither actions nor management strategies, the Foundation Document, nevertheless, describes a shared understanding of what is most important about the park.
General Management Plan
These plans provide a general decision-making framework for National Park Service managers to best protect a park unit's resources and ensure quality visitor experiences. Intended to last 15-20 years, this plan is based on law, policy and have been developed in consultation with the public and interested stakeholders.
General Management Plan (Abbreviated Final Version) - July 2009 (5.73 MB PDF)
General Management Plan (Full Draft Version) - February 2008 (7.32 MB PDF)
Interpretation and Visitor Services
Long Range Interpretive Plan - October 2006 [68 MB PDF]
Special Resource Study - 1995
Last updated: July 21, 2017