Visitor Services Plan, Crater Lake National Park
PARK PURPOSE AND SIGNIFICANCE
The National Park Service faces a tremendous challenge at Crater Lake to minimize the impact on the park’s natural and cultural resources while providing for visitors’ enjoyment of the park. This is especially acute in developed areas where visitors concentrate and where the kind and level of services available often dictate how much impact there will be on park resources. The following management objectives were devised to guide the development of alternatives in the Visitor Services Plan:
Protect the natural features and resources for which the park was established.
Minimize the impact of commercial visitor services on Crater Lake, and protect the park’s significant cultural resources.
Offer a high-quality visitor experience consistent with NPS and park management policies. Provide necessary and appropriate information, interpretation, and educational programs that orient the public to the park and foster understanding and appreciation of the park’s natural and cultural resources.
Make available necessary and appropriate commercial visitor services to meet the needs of visitors and to enhance their enjoyment of the park.