Public input requested on design concept plan at Lassen Volcanic National Park

The National Park Service welcomes public comments on a design concept plan and environmental assessment for the Manzanita Lake Developed Area of Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Manzanita Lake at sunset. NPS photo by Shanda Ochs.

The public comment period will be open from May 29, through July 1. A previous round of public comment in Summer 2022 helped inform the development of this plan and environmental assessment.

The National Park Service encourages public participation throughout the different stages of the planning process.

Lassen Volcanic National Park proposes improving facilities and providing opportunities that better align with public needs and expectations. The proposed improvements have been designed to protect park resources, offer varied quality visitor experiences, enhance visitor and staff safety, and align with the park’s staffing and operational capacity.

Manzanita Lake.

The National Park Service will host a virtual public meeting at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13. The purpose of this meeting is to share information about the plan and the planning process, and how to provide comments using the park planning page. Additional information about the virtual public meeting and a link to access the event can be found on the park planning page: parkplanning.nps.gov/Manzanitalakedcp.

The public is invited to submit comments on the project website. Written comments may be submitted by visiting parkplanning.nps.gov/Manzanitalakedcp. On the web page, select “Open for Comment” on the left menu bar and then select “Design Concept Plan / Environmental Assessment.”

Written comments may also be submitted by mail to:
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Attn: Roseann Worley, Superintendent
PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063

Written comments on the plan must be submitted online or postmarked July 1, to be considered.

About the Lassen Volcanic National Park Manzanita Lake Developed Area Design Concept Plan
Lassen Volcanic National Park is known for its vast geologic history and stunning landscape views. With numerous recreation and interpretive opportunities, visitors to the park can experience a variety of unique activities. The Manzanita Lake Developed Area encompasses many popular visitor-use facilities that were established the late 1920s. The Manzanita Lake area has also undergone several substantial changes since its creation.

Rapid growth in day use and changing visitor use patterns have degraded some natural and cultural resources, diminished the quality of the visitor experience, increased visitor and staff safety concerns, and strained the park’s facilities and ability to perform daily operations. The purpose of the Manzanita Lake Developed Area Design Concept Plan is to improve the park’s Manzanita Lake Developed Area visitor facilities and respectfully rehabilitate historic structures to accommodate growing visitation and enhance visitors’ experiences through an adaptive lens that accounts for future needs. The plan provides direction for restoring and preserving natural and cultural resources, improving opportunities for accessibility, and enhancing existing outstanding visitor opportunities.

The park has developed a set of design proposals. These site-specific designs are best understood by reading the descriptions and viewing the drawings in the online story map at: bit.ly/49H2smI and by reading the Lassen Volcanic National Park Manzanita Lake Design Concept Plan / Environmental Assessment.

After public comments are received, park staff may adjust components of the design plan, as necessary, before finalizing the plan and environmental assessment.

If you have questions about the project or would like more information about Lassen Volcanic National Park, call the park’s Information Office at (530) 595-4480.