Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement
This Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) presents three alternatives for the future management of Valley Forge National Historical Park (NHP). Alternative A, the No-Action Alternative, assumes continuation of current policies and ssociated actions. It retains the management direction of the 1982 GMP and reflects current conditions. Some initiatives already underway, such as rehabilitation of the Valley Forge Train Station by the National Park Service (NPS) and construction of the River Crossing Complex by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), are reflected in this alternative. The
action alternatives, B and C, would enhance the management and preservation of the park's
cultural and natural resources, while providing new opportunities for visitors. Alternative B
would provide an exciting palette of new options for visitors to tailor visits and experiences to
best meet their own needs and interests. Experiences would focus on exploration and selfdiscovery of the full cultural and natural history of Valley Forge. Excellent orientation, as well as the use of new technologies, would be the key to this approach. Alternative C (the NPS Preferred Alternative) would provide visitors the opportunity to decide the kind of experience they want, depending on learning style, interest, and time. The park would provide a core message and experience for all visitors that are primarily immersive and focus on the encampment and the American Revolution. A self-discovery approach would illustrate additional areas of the park, as well as historical and natural resource themes and topics.
12/14/2006 - 04/11/2007
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