Fire Island General Management Plan
Fire Island National Seashore - Planning for the 21st Century
The National Park Service is preparing a general management plan (GMP) for Fire Island National Seashore. This "master plan," which will take about four years to complete, will lay out a vision for the future of the park and provide guidance for park managers over the next 15 to 20 years.
There are a number of reasons why the time is right for a new Fire Island National Seashore plan. The park's existing plan was approved in 1978. In the nearly 30 years that have passed since then, new resource management issues have emerged as have ideas about how to best manage park resources. Since then, the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dunes Wilderness was designated and two major historic sites - Fire Island Lighthouse and the William Floyd Estate were added to the park's portfolio of management responsibilities.
Also during this time, the National Seashore's relationship with Fire Island communities has evolved as have the communities themselves. New ideas about sustainable operations and facility design have inspired the desire to look closely at the environmental soundness and cost effectiveness of park facilities and management practices. Finally, while visitation to the park has risen steadily, the economic, ethnic, and geographic diversity of that audience has remained limited, particularly given its location in the metropolitan New York region. Fire Island National Seashore must ensure that its resources and stories continue to be relevant to current and future generations of Americans.
The National Park Service looks forward to working collaboratively with the park's partners and the public to develop a new GMP for Fire Island National Seashore.
K. Christopher Soller
Fire Island National Seashore
120 Laurel Street
Patchogue, NY 11772