What We Do

Planning in the National Park Service guides informed and insightful decisions that provide relevant and timely direction to park management, and informs future decision-making for each national park system unit in accord with its stated mission. Planning also 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. Some of the plans we create are below.
  • Foundation Statements
  • General Management Plans
  • Wilderness Stewardship Plans
  • Wild and Scenic Rivers
  • Assessment of Planning Needs
  • Comprehensive Plans
  • Strategic Plans
Environmental Compliance in the National Park Service is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to plan and make informed decisions that help preserve park resources and values. The NPS carries out this responsibility by preparing studies and involving the public before making decisions that will affect the environment.
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Public Scoping
  • NEPA Review
  • External Review
  • Planning Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) System Administration

Last updated: March 29, 2016