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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Visitor Use Management Plan

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Visitor Use Management Plan 2020


The Visitor Use Management Plan (VUM Plan) for Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River outlines adaptive management strategies to protect the park’s significant natural and cultural resources while also maximizing public access to high-quality recreational experiences.

The VUM Plan is the culmination of a 5-year planning effort that included a great deal of time, energy, collaboration, research, and input by neighboring town governments, elected officials, partners, communities, stakeholders, researchers, NPS staff, and the public. The park will use this plan as a guide in future decision-making, relying on the science, data, and the strong community voice reflected in it.

The Visitor Use Management Plan continues with this progression of providing diverse opportunities while protecting the park’s significant natural and cultural resources. This plan has been heavily influenced by your voices and has changed based on your input, thoughts, concerns, and ideas. This is your national park.

The park will use this plan as a guide in future decision making, relying on the science, data, and the strong community voice reflected in this plan to ensure this park remains an important haven.

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