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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Chalmette Unit, General Management Plan Amendment, Development Concept Plan, Environmental Assessment

The National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 requires the NPS to prepare a General Management Plan (GMP) for every area that it administers. The purpose of a GMP is to ensure that each park has a clearly defined direction for resource preservation and visitor use. It focuses on why a park was established and what resource conditions and visitor experiences should be achieved and maintained over time. The GMP is designed to provide guidance for park managers for 15 to 20 years into the future assuming that conditions affecting management and operations remain relatively unchanged during this period.

This GMP Amendment/Development Concept Plan/Environmental Assessment (GMPA/DCP/EA) amends prior documents, including the 1982 GMP, 1990 DCP and 1995 GMP Amendment. This GMP Amendment consolidates prior planning, development and interpretive recommendations that were not implemented.

This GMPA/DCP/EA presents four alternatives for future management of the Chalmette Unit. The No-Action Alternative presents a continuation of existing management direction and is included as a baseline for comparing the consequences of implementing each alternative. The action alternatives are Alternative A, Alternative B, and Alternative C, and present different ways to manage resources and visitor use and improve facilities and infrastructure at the Chalmette Unit. These action alternatives embody the range of what the public and the NPS want to see accomplished with regard to cultural and natural resource conditions, visitor use and experience, socioeconomic conditions, and NPS operations.
Comment Period: Closed        06/16/2011 - 07/30/2011
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