Planning References

Planning and compliance efforts are guided by a variety of official National Park Service documents as well as scientific research, design guidelines and supporting legislation. These references are provided to assist with public participation.

Federal Laws & Legislation
National Park Service Organic Act of 1916
Sequoia and Kings Canyon Enabling Legislation

Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
Wild and Scenic River Act 1968 (pdf, 107 KB)
Wild and Scenic Rivers web site

Wilderness Act Information
Wilderness Act of 1964
Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (John Krebs Wilderness) (pdf, 1.3 MB)
California Wilderness Act of 1984 (pdf, 417 KB)

National Environmental Policy Act and Other Environmental Policies
NEPA Policy
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

National Park Service Directives
Directors Orders (DO) | Reference Manual (RM)
Director's Orders
DO #2 - Park Planning. Note this Order is now superseded by Chapter 2 of Management Policies 2006.
DO #12 - Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-making
Handbook for Environmental Impact Analysis (pdf, 567 KB)
DO #28 and Reference Manual #28 - Cultural Resources
NPS 28 - Cultural Resources Management Guideline
DO #41 - Wilderness Management (pdf, 193 KB)
RM #41 - Wilderness Management
DO #75A - Civic Engagement and Public Involvement (pdf, 828 KB)
NPS 75 - Natural Resources Inventory and Monitoring (pdf, 167 KB)
DO #77 & RM #77: Natural Resources

Sequoia and Kings Canyon Plans & Policies
General Management Plan
Superintendent's Compendium (pdf, 1.5MB)
Natural Resources Management Plan (pdf, 1MB)

National Park Service Policies
Management Policies 2006
Includes chapters on natural, cultural and Wilderness resources. Chapter 2 on Park System Planning is especially useful. (pdf, 2.5 MB)

Historic Preservation Information
These programs, acts and guidelines inform park planners when preserving historic buildings and grounds:
Heritage Documentation Programs (HABS/HAER/HALS/CRGIS) National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA)
Preservation Standards and Guidelines
Historic Sites Act of 1935
Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
The Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (ARPA)

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Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271


(559) 565-3341
Recorded information is available 24 hours a day. Park staff answers calls on weekdays from 8:15 am - 4:15 pm.

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