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

Federal Law Specific to Historic Preservation

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)

Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

Wild and Scenic River Act 1968
Wild and Scenic Rivers website

Wilderness Act Information

Wilderness Act of 1964
Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (John Krebs Wilderness)
California Wilderness Act of 1984

National Environmental Policy Act and Other Environmental Policies

NEPA Policy
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

National Park Service Directives and Policies

The National Park Service has several sources of detailed written guidance to help managers make day-to-day decisions. The primary source of guidance is the 2006 edition of Management Policies, which is also the foremost element of the Service’s directives system (Chapter 2 on Park System Planning is especially useful). Other elements include Director's Orders, Handbooks and Reference Manuals.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon Plans & Policies

General Management Plan
Superintendent's Compendium
Resource Stewardship Strategy

Last updated: June 30, 2022

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