Everglades National Park GMP/East Everglades Wilderness Study
July 2015 Update
The National Park Service (NPS) is developing a new general management plan (GMP) for Everglades National Park. The plan will also include an East Everglades Wilderness Study (EEWS) for the East Everglades Addition, an area added to the park boundary in 1989. The GMP will provide broad guidance for decisions about natural and cultural resource protection, appropriate types and levels of visitor activities, and facility development. The EEWS will identify a wilderness proposal for this area added to the authorized boundary of Everglades National Park after the original park wilderness study and 1978 wilderness legislation. The plan will articulate the park's mission, purpose, and significance, and define the resource conditions and visitor experiences that should be achieved and maintained over time. The plan will consider Everglades National Park both as a unit of the national park system and in a broader ecosystem context that includes the surrounding South Florida region.
The Preferred Alternative identifed in the final plan and the Record of Decision for the environmental impact statement (EIS) will provide long-term guidance and management direction addressing resource protection and visitor experience goals and strategies for the next 20 years or more. Ongoing communication and coordination with the public, stakeholder groups and agencies will continue to be part a critical part of successful plan implementation efforts.
Status and Next Steps:
The release of the Final GMP/EEWS/EIS and the signing of the Record of Decision, which completes the EIS process, are scheduled for the summer and fall 2015, respectively. The public will be notified in a number of ways when the Final GMP/EEWS is available (e.g., Press Release, news stories, e-mail notifications to the public and stakeholders). Please check back for periodic updates with more detailed information. Thank you for your continued interest.
Please contact Fred Herling at 305-242-7704.