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    An archive of completed projects as well as projects without documents open for comment may be found on the PEPC website.


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    Marine Management Plan Environmental Assessment including Updates to Vessel Quotas and Operating Requirements

    Public comment invited from August 9 through September 9, 2022

    The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce the start of a Marine Management planning process that will guide future management decisions in ~537,000 acres of Glacier Bay National Park marine waters. As part of this effort, the NPS will consider changes to vessel quotas (excluding charter vessels, tour vessels, cruise ships, and passenger ferry to Bartlett Cove) and operating requirements to protect resources and ensure equitable public access according to the purposes for which the park was established.

    Between August 9 and September 9, 2022 your input is encouraged during a 30-day public scoping period that initiates the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Review preliminary alternatives in a public scoping newsletter:

    Click here for the Marine Management newsletter

    Submit your comments on the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website:

    Gateway Community Public Scoping Meetings:

    As part of the public scoping process, the NPS is hosting three in-person meetings in gateway communities near the park. You are invited to attend these meetings to learn more about the project scope, issues, and alternatives and to ask questions:

    August 18 • Thursday

    Gustavus, Salmon River Park 1802 Gustavus Road

    4:30 – 6 PM

    August 19 • Friday

    Juneau, Marine Park Pavilion 144 Marine Way

    11:30 AM – 1 PM

    August 20 • Saturday

    Hoonah, Hoonah City Hall Parking Lot, 300 Front Street

    11:30 AM – 1 PM


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    Glacier Bay Wilderness at Lamplugh Glacier

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    Backcountry and Wilderness Management Plan

    The National Park Service (NPS) is nearing completion of its effort to develop a Backcountry and Wilderness Management Plan. The plan will explore different ways to manage the park's backcountry to enhance the stewardship of more than 2.6 million acres of designated Wilderness in Glacier Bay National Park.

    Between July 20 and August 20, 2022 you are invited to submit feedback on preliminary strategies, actions, and two options for trails near the park frontcountry. Your feedback will inform the drafting of a final plan and NEPA document for formal public review this fall.

    This draft plan represents an important milestone in a planning process that began in 2019. The draft is informed by visitor surveys (2017 and 2018), public and stakeholder input gathered during two 60-day periods (2020 and 2021), and ongoing government-to-government consultation with the Hoonah Indian Association and the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, representing the original people and stewards of Glacier Bay.

    Key planning background and an overview of the NPS proposals are located at this link:

    View the draft Backcountry and Wilderness Management Plan and Submit your comments through the NPS Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) website here.


    Even if the formal public review period for a planning document is closed, you can still offer your thoughts to us. We welcome your voice at any stage of the planning process.


    Planning for Our Parks

    The National Park Service (NPS) plans for one purpose - to ensure that the decisions it makes will be carried out as effectively and efficiently as possible. The National Park Service prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide management of park resources. Planning 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.

    Glacier Bay Planning Portfolio

    Park managers are guided by a variety of plans and studies, covering many topics. The totality of a park's plans is referred to as the Portfolio of Management Plans (portfolio). The portfolio is a dynamic compilation of planning guidance in which certain planning elements are removed and updated, or new elements added as needed. For Alaska, the portfolio consists of basic descriptions of a park's purpose, such as the Foundation Statement, NPS Alaska Regional Management Guidelines, Land Protection Plans, and Park Atlas; comprehensive plans, such as a General Management Plan and Master Plan; implementation plans, such as a site management plan, transportation plan and fire management plan; and strategic program plans, such as a long-range interpretive plan. The above lists are examples of the types of planning elements that could be found in a portfolio.Each park's portfolio of management plans will be composed of a unique set of plans designed specifically to help manage that particular unit.

    Explore the Glacier Bay Portfolio of Management Plans


    NEPA is the acronym for the National Environmental Policy Act. This act, passed in 1969, laid the foundation for environmental protection in the United States by setting policy goals for the federal government. Two major requirements of the act are that agencies analyze the environmental impacts of federal actions and engage the public in the decision-making process.The first step in the park planning process involves defining the proposed action. For most projects, the next step in the planning process is to determine the appropriate pathway for NEPA documentation based on the proposed action's level of impact to the environment. If the proposed action will not have significant impacts to the environment, the park utilizes a categorical exclusion. If it is unclear whether or not the proposed action will have significant environmental impacts, the park prepares an environmental assessment (EA). If the proposed action will have significant environmental impacts, the park prepares an environmental impact statement (EIS).

    Explore Glacier Bay's NEPA documents

    Last updated: August 30, 2022

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