Legislation establishing the National Park Service as an agency and the range of laws and policies governing its management provides the fundamental direction for the administration of North Cascades National Park Service Complex and other units of the national park system. Where law, policy, and regulation do not provide clear guidance, management decisions for North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area are based on the Complex's foundation document, programmatic plans, implementation plans, and guidance documents.
Current Planning Efforts
North Cascades National Park Service Complex is constantly involved in planning processes for proposed actions in North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.
Open for Public Comment
Grizzly Bear EIS
The Grizzly Bear EIS process is underway to discuss potential environmental impacts of restoring a self-sustaining grizzly bear population.
The Foundation Document for North Cascades National Park Service Complex provides basic guidance for decision-making and management of this unit of the National Park Service system. In its totality, this document presents a shared understanding of the purpose, significance, fundamental resources and values, primary interpretive themes, and special mandates for North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. It also documents the desired conditions for the park, providing the broadest level of direction for management of the park based on laws and policies that guide the National Park Service. Email for a hard copy.
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, these plans are based on law, policy and the park's foundation document and have, in most cases, been developed in consultation with the public and interested stakeholders. The following plans apply to the park units within North Cascades National Park Complex and have been adopted after an analysis of benefits, impacts, and economic costs of alternatives.
Implementation plans develop and propose strategies that will meet the specific goals of park projects, programs, and programmatic plans while having the least amount of impact on park resources and the visitor experience. Like programmatic plans, they are based on laws and policy, the park's foundation document, and have, in most cases, been developed in consultation with the public and interested stakeholders. The following documents are the most recent plans that have been completed and approved for North Cascades National Park Complex.
The following guidance documents have been developed internally by National Park Service managers at North Cascades National Park Service Complex in order to better understand the park's internal strengths, identify emerging challenges, and develop long-range priorities. Email park for hard copy.
Business Plan (2012)
Strategic Plan (2011-2016)
Last updated: August 1, 2021