The National Park Service (NPS) has released a plan that updates and replaces the 1984 General Management Plan and guides the future of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. This plan will guide management of park resources, visitors uses, and facilities for the next 15 to 20 years. It also provides direction for stewardship of park wilderness and backcountry recreation. During the planning process, we involved federal, state, and local agencies, tribes and villages, corporations, other interested parties, and the general public.
The General Management Plan Amendment / Environmental Assessment identifies and evaluates three management alternatives and their environmental impacts to natural and cultural resources, wilderness character, and visitor experiences. The NPS preferred alternative would expand visitor opportunities while protecting wilderness character and park resources. Under all of the alternatives, the wild and undeveloped character would be maintained, and subsistence use in the park and preserve would continue to be a priority and supported in accordance with the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
Please share your ideas about the plan at one of our open houses, and/or by submitting written comments. The plan will be available for public review from January 22, 2014 - March 26, 2014 at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/lacl (click GMP Amendment)
. Comments may be submitted electronically on the website above, or by regular mail to: Zachary Babb, National Park Service, 240 W. 5th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501.
Three public meetings are currently scheduled, and others will be announced in the media and on the park's internet website at http://www.nps.gov/lacl.
Margaret L. Goodro, Superintendent