Planner's Reading Room

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.

National Park Service Policies

National Park Service Directives

National Environmental Policy Act and Other Environmental Policies

The following documents provide overviews of both the National Environmental Policy Act and other types of environmental compliance used in park planning:

Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and Wilderness Act Information

The following websites and acts regard the designation of rivers as wild and scenic and lands as wilderness, providing them with special protections:

Historic Preservation Information

These programs, acts and guidelines inform park planners when preserving historic buildings and grounds:

Public Comments Information

Transportation Studies

Design Guides


Federal Codes and Policies

Last updated: February 1, 2021

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