Panoramic view of Tule Lake Segregation Center, 1946. Photographer R.H. Ross, WRA

Tule Lake Unit General Management Plan

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A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Friends,

I'm pleased to share the news that the decision on the general management plan for the Tule Lake Unit has been finalized. The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) approving the plan was signed by Stan Austin, Pacific West Regional Director, on May 21, 2018.

You can access the decision and final plan, in the form of a FONSI, by clicking the Document List to the left and selecting FONSI.

The plan provides long-term guidance for how the National Park Service will develop and manage the unit, and how the stories of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II will be told at Tule Lake. The plan outlines several actions including:
- Supporting visitor opportunities with an emphasis on technology;
- Providing a year-round NPS presence at the park;
- Providing direction for a range of preservation treatments to historic buildings and the cultural landscape; and
- Fostering a wide variety of partnerships.
The plan does not recommend any boundary adjustments.

Over the past few years, many of you have participated in the planning process through public meetings and writing comments about your vision and ideas for the Tule Lake Unit. I'd like to express my sincere thanks to you for your investment in helping the National Park Service craft this plan for the Tule Lake Unit. The plan includes ideas raised by the public and addresses concerns from important communities associated with Tule Lake, including those who experienced Tule Lake firsthand and local communities.

The approved plan is identified as the "selected alternative" in the FONSI.The FONSI includes a description of the selected alternative, synopses of other alternatives considered, the basis for the decision, and an overview of public involvement in the decision-making process. Attachments to the FONSI include maps, an errata sheet listing the changes and corrections to the GMP/EA that was released to the public in November 2016, a summary of comments received on the GMP/EA with NPS responses, and a determination of non-impairment. This FONSI and GMP/EA constitute the record of the environmental impact analysis and decision-making process for the General Management Plan for the Tule Lake Unit.

The completion of the plan is a significant milestone for the Tule Lake Unit. However, it's important for everyone to know that implementing the plan will not happen all at once. It's likely to take many years, as funds and resources become available.

We're looking forward to the work ahead in realizing the plan's vision, together with our partners and local constituents. Thank you again for your interest and participation in this important planning effort for the Tule Lake Unit.


Lawrence J. Whalon Jr.
Tule Lake Unit WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Lava Beds National Monument

Contact Information

Lawrence J. Whalon, Jr.
Tule Lake Unit and Lava Beds NM
(530) 667-8101