The National Park Service (NPS) is currently developing the Draft Visitor Use Management Plan (the draft plan) for the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River (the park). The purpose of the plan is to maximize the ability of the National Park Service to encourage access and protect the park's natural and cultural resources. The planning process will examine current and potential visitor opportunities and develop long-term strategies for providing access, connecting visitors to important experiences, and managing visitor use. The draft plan includes alternatives and the associated impacts to natural and cultural resources and visitor experience.
The draft plan describes existing conditions and related issues (including associated impacts to natural and cultural resources and visitor experience), outlines general visitor use management direction for the park, short, mid, and long term strategies and actions, visitor capacities, and implementation, monitoring, and adaptive management strategies.
The input received during civic engagement and public scoping has been vital for developing the management strategies that are being evaluated and proposed in the draft plan. We would like to thank you for the time and consideration that went into those comments. Within the 'documents list' section of this webpage you can find the Civic Engagement Report and Public Scoping Summary Report for your reference.
The draft VUM Plan has been released for public review until December 6, 2019, and we look forward to your comments on the document. The document is available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/DEWAVUMPlan
. We have also posted a summary newsletter and notice of the the upcoming public meetings. Documents and information from previous public input sessions related to this plan can also be found at this location. As always, thank you for your continued interest in and support for Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Leslie Morlock at 570-296-6952 x 10 or Kathleen Sandt at 570-426-2472.