The NPS is pursuing management authority of Goat Island. Goat Island was previously unclaimed land that, upon survey, was determined to be public land. The NPS has consulted with representatives from the States of Nebraska and South Dakota and other agencies to determine the preferred future of Goat Island. A full range of activities is being considered at the island. Under federal management, access to the island is permanently protected as public land.

* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Define purpose and need/develop preliminary alternatives
Step 2. Refine alternatives
Step 3. Identify environmental impacts and select preferred alternative
Step 4. Prepare draft plan/environmental document
Step 5. Public review of draft plan/environmental document
Step 6. Analysis of public comment
Step 7. Prepare final plan/decision document
Step 8. Release final plan/decision document to the public *