Trail Managagement Planning for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area


National Park Service, California State Parks, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority are reinitiating preparation of the long-awaited Trail Management Plan (TMP). The TMP will establish the overall vision for future development and management of the SMMNRA trail network. Based on identified desired conditions for park natural, cultural and recreational resources, the TMP will prescribe a comprehensive plan for circulation, access, and allowable trail uses for trails throughout the national recreation area.

A NEPA and CEQA-based Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) will accompany the TMP to provide a detailed analysis of potential environmental impacts of the proposed plan. The original federal and state notices to prepare the TMP EIS/EIR were published in 2003. In September 2005, NPS, State Parks, and SMMC/MRCA conducted public scoping meetings and gathered public comments on conceptual trail policies and map alternatives needed to prepare the Draft EIS/EIR. Owing to lack of funding, the NPS and partner agencies were unable to continue preparation of the EIS/EIR after the 2005 public scoping effort. With funding now in hand, the partner agencies are reinitiating preparation of the joined TMP EIS/EIR. We invite your participation throughout the coming planning process.



Click here to jump to the 2014 Public Scoping information.

Public scoping is the earliest phase of preparing a proposed plan or project. The public's input is gathered to help formulate the plan and identify potential environmental impacts that should be analyzed before a plan is finalized. A trail management plan has not yet been developed, although concepts for the content of a plan have been conceived and are included in the 2005 Public Scoping and 2014 Public Scoping information. The public's input is welcome on these draft concepts. The public may also offer other concepts, suggest issues to consider, and suggest ideas for a range of trail management plan alternatives.

The first step toward preparing the TMP is to complete the public scoping for EIS/EIR that was initiated in 2005. Federal and state notices to prepare the TMP EIS/EIR have been newly released and announce the opportunity for the public to give input on the content and alternatives of the EIS/EIR. Click on the following links to read the notices.

TMP Newsletter 4 -- January 2014

Notice of Intent to Prepare Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

Comments are currently being accepted through April 1, 2014.

How to Comment: For more information on public scoping meetings and how to submit comments, click on the following link or or copy and paste it into your browser:


For more information on trail planning for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, click on the links below.


TMP Newsletter 4 -- February 2014
TMP Newsletter 3 -- August 2005
TMP Newsletter 2 -- March 2003
TMP Newsletter 1 -- October 1999

Public Scoping 2005 - Maps and Summary of Public Comments

September 2005 Public Scoping

Public Scoping 2014 - Presentation and Maps

February 2014 Public Scoping

SMMNRA Recreational Trail Use Visitor Survey

Recreational Trail Use Visitor Survey, July, 2002

Santa Monica Mountains Area Recreational Trails Coordination Project

SMMART Report, September, 1997


Last updated: March 1, 2015

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