Park Planning

Park Management

Designation dates, park regulations and policies, visitor statistics, and management documents available on the Management page.

 

Commercial Visitor Services

Approximately 50 companies provide a variety of commercial visitor services in Mount Rainier National Park. These services are limited to those companies that have specific commercial authorizations. Learn more about our Concessioners and Commercial Use Authorizations on the Commercial Visitor Services page.

 

Environmental Assessments

  • Fish Management Plan Environmental Assessment (News Release, 9/20/18)

    The National Park Service (NPS), has issued its decision and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Mount Rainier National Park’s Fish Management Plan Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA analyzed three alternatives. The selected alternative will update fishing regulations emphasizing catch and release of native fish species and retention or harvest of nonnative fish species, implement nonnative fish suppression and/or eradication from selected streams and rivers in bull trout habitat, include fish removal from up to 10 lakes, expand research and monitoring, and allow adaptive management. A no action alternative (status quo management) and a more expansive action alternative were also considered. More information can be found on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/morafishmgtplan.

  • Nisqually River Levee Retrofit Environmental Assessment - OPEN for Public Comment

    Public comments will be accepted through November 28, 2018 on a proposal to retrofit the upper Nisqually River levee with deflectors in Mount Rainier National Park. The primary purpose of the proposed action would be to reduce the effects of erosional flows that have resulted in repetitive damage to the levee and to reduce the long term maintenance frequency of this nearly one-mile long flood control facility (News Release, 10/29/18).

    The National Park Service previously sought public comments from June 18-July 9, 2018, regarding this proposal (News Release, 6/18/18). More information on the project can be found on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/nisquallylevee.
  • Paradise Cellular Plan Environmental Assessment (News Release, 5/22/18)
    The National Park Service (NPS) has completed its environmental review and issued its decision to permit the installation of limited-range cellular equipment in the attic of Mount Rainier’s Jackson Memorial Visitor Center. The decision, detailed in the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Paradise Cellular Environmental Assessment (EA), authorizes the issuance of right-of-way permits to two wireless carriers, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. The permits will allow co-location of limited range wireless communications facilities in the attic of the Jackson Memorial Visitor Center (JVC), located in Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park. As part of this decision, AT&T may be added pending final review and approval of their proposal, which was submitted in January 2016 prior to completion of the EA.

    The FONSI, its appendices, and the EA are available on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ParadiseCellular by selecting Document List from the left navigation bar.
  • Paradise Inn Annex Rehabilitation Plan Environmental Assessment
    The National Park Service has prepared an Environmental Assessment for a proposed plan to rehabilitate the Paradise Inn Annex and Snow Bridge, which is located in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park. The project would complete the last major building rehabilitation project within the Paradise Historic District. The proposed project is being considered because of the need to protect cultural resources and reduce the risk for potential damage to the Annex and Snow Bridge from excessive snow loads, or collapse as the result of a seismic event. The proposed project would close the Annex from August 2017 through October 2018, and temporarily reduce parking in the Paradise area. Public comments on the proposed plan were collected in June-July, 2016. More information is available at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/piannex.

  • Fisher Restoration Plan Environmental Assessment
    On May 19, 2015, the Regional Director of the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service approved a proposal from North Cascades National Park Service Complex and Mount Rainier National Park to collaborate with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to restore the fisher (Pekania pennanti) to these units of the national park system. This proposal was evaluated and assessed through the completion of the Fisher Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (Plan/EA) that was released for public review in September 2014. To see the full plan go to www.parkplanning.nps.gov/RestoreFisher. Fisher reintroductions at North Cascades National Park Service Complex will not occur until all planned reintroductions in the Southwestern Cascades are completed, but could occur as early as fall 2017. More information on the fisher, this planing effort, and recent decision is available via the plan process, meeting notices, links, and documents section of the project website.

  • Camp Muir Rehabilitation Plan Environmental Assessment
    Chris Lehnertz, Pacific West Region Director, National Park Service, has issued a decision and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Camp Muir Rehabilitation Plan Environmental Assessment (EA). The Camp Muir Rehabilitation Plan EA is available at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/muirea.
  • Air Tour Management Plan Environmental Assessment
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) developed this Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) pursuant to the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000. The objective of the ATMP is to develop acceptable and effective measures to mitigate or prevent the significant adverse impacts, if any, of commercial air tour operations upon the natural resources, cultural resources, and visitor experiences of a national park unit and any tribal lands within or abutting the park.
  • Carbon River Area Access Management Environmental Assessment (EA)
    Chris Lehnertz, Pacific West Region Director, National Park Service, has issued a decision and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Carbon River Area Access Management Environmental Assessment (EA). Lehnertz's decision sets the future direction for management of public access to this spectacular area of Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park planning documents are available on the Planning, Environment, and Public Comments (PEPC) - The New Park Planning Website.
 

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.

    Last updated: October 29, 2018

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