The General Management Planning Dynamic Sourcebook focuses on how to effectively prepare a park general management plan (GMP) and an accompanying environmental impact statement or environmental assessment. Drawing on NPS Management Policies 2006, Park Planning Program Standards, and the experience and insights of park planners, the sourcebook provides suggestions about approaches, methods, and tools that planning teams can use in conducting general management planning and producing plans. Multiple examples and links to useful sample templates and references are included for most sections of a GMP, highlighting questions and information that planning teams may want to consider. A wealth of information is included in the sourcebook's appendixes on planning data needs and sources, public involvement, Washington consultation and coordination procedures, and National Environmental Policy Act compliance requirements, among other topics. Active internet links are included for readers to easily go to other referenced sources. However, some of the links are to intranet sites that can only be accessed by NPS employees.
Under the NPS directives system, the sourcebook is considered a level three reference manual. It is primarily intended for planners, park staff, and contractors who are working on GMPs.
The sourcebook is a dynamic document and designed for periodic updating. The first round of revisions (completed in the fall of 2009) have been incorporated and are available for immediate implementation. The revisions are shown in red and commentary in blue.
During a testing phase through March 31, 2010, users are invited to comment on the revisions, as well as on their experience in navigating through this online version and in locating specific content.
As its name states, the sourcebook is a dynamic document and designed for periodic updating. The first round of revisions (completed in the fall of 2009) have been incorporated and are available for immediate implementation. The revisions are shown in and red.