Devils Postpile National Monument General Management Plan
Greetings from Devils Postpile National Monument.
Please join us in this opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Devils Postpile National Monument and to participate in planning for the monument's second century.
This newsletter presents various preliminary alternatives being considered for the upcoming general management plan (GMP). The GMP will help guide the monument as it enters its second century and will provide the framework for managing natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the next 20 years.
History provides inspiration to the significance of these efforts. One hundred years ago, a proposal to blast portions of the Devils Postpile formation came across the desk of USDA-Forest Service Engineer Walter Huber. The intent was to create a dam that would flood the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River and provide power to local mining operations. Huber regarded the proposal as a "wanton destruction of scenery" and worked with managers and citizens to advocate for the creation of a monument to protect Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls.
Our predecessors took a bold step in creating Devils Postpile National Monument and ensuring long-term protection for these treasured resources. We invite our partners and the public to help us create an enduring vision of preservation for the monument's scenic and resource values, benefitting both present and future generations.
Many visitors, residents, and stakeholders contributed their thoughts and ideas during the initial scoping for the GMP. Many of the ideas we heard from the public are now included in the preliminary alternatives, which represent initial ideas for how the monument might address specific issues or areas of management concern. Your involvement is important and we want to hear your ideas for the future.
It is also important to note that while the GMP will result in a commitment to a specific vision for Devils Postpile National Monument, the NPS and USFS recognize the public and resource benefits of the monument are intertwined with the surrounding Reds Meadow Valley and Upper Middle Fork of the San Joaquin. Both agencies are working together on this plan and using this opportunity to develop additional recommendations for the valley and watershed, so our shared efforts can provide high quality visitor experiences and resource protection as we look forward to the next 100 years.
Please join us in creating the future of Devils Postpile National Monument and this historic plan. This plan is the blueprint for the future, and everyone is welcome to engage in this opportunity to contribute to safeguarding the natural and cultural heritage of this outstanding resource. Your input, coupled with NPS resource and planning expertise, monument staff, and collaboration with staff from the Inyo National Forest, will catalyze the vision for the future for this special place.
This is an opportunity of a century.
Devils Postpile National Monument