National Park Service Releases Five-Year Strategic Plan For Tule Lake
June 16, 2013 6 Comments
Editor’s Note: We’re a bit late posting this, but the following is a letter from Mike Reynolds, Superintendent, Tule Lake Unit World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, dated May 17, 2013.
Dear Friends of Tule Lake,
In 2012, the National Park Service held a series of meetings with people who have close connections to Tule Lake. These people included Tule Lake survivors, representatives of Japanese American organizations, historic preservation organizations, and park neighbors. The meetings were intended to initiate communication with people connected with Tule Lake. After those meetings, it became evident we needed an interim plan to guide our efforts while a larger planning process begins in 2013.
The ideas you provided during the 2012 meetings guided the creation of the Tule Lake Unit Five Year Strategic Plan. This interim plan provides immediate direction for establishing a foundation for operations and management. It contains goals, strategies, and projects that are aimed at gathering baseline information about Tule Lake, stabilizing at-risk resources, and creating an organizational framework for integrating Tule Lake’s operations with those at Lava Beds National Monument. We invite you to read this plan to understand our goals over the next few years and to stimulate your thinking about Tule Lake’s long term future.
This summer, we will open a public dialogue about the long term vision for Tule Lake. This dialogue will result in a General Management Plan (GMP) which identifies the overall direction for the future management of Tule Lake. GMPs are long-range, broad, conceptual plans, which answer the question, “What kind of place do we want this park unit to be?” The GMP will describe the general path the NPS intends to follow in managing and developing Tule Lake over the next twenty years.
Beginning in June, we will hold public meetings in California, Oregon, Washington, and online to provide a forum for telling us what you would like to see considered in Tule Lake’s GMP. We strongly encourage you to attend one of these meetings. You will have the opportunity to meet members of the NPS planning team, learn more about the GMP planning process, and discuss your ideas, thoughts, and concerns about the future of Tule Lake. A newsletter detailing the planning process, meeting information and how to provide comments will be available soon.
We hope you will join us in this landmark step for the future of Tule Lake, and we look forward to hearing from you!
Tule Lake Unit WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Lava Beds National Monument
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