Management and master plans—sounds familiar, right? You may have heard park and trail staff talk about their management or master plans. Perhaps you have even seen one of these plans or provided input during the planning process. We view these plans as key guidance and direction for the DNR at the operational and site-level, but they are often confused with other plans or their purpose may be misinterpreted. Let me try to demystify our plans for you!
What’s the difference between a management and master plan?
At DNR, we use “management plan” to refer to an operational and future-oriented plan for a specific state park or recreation area. We use “master plan” when talking about state trails. Much of the planning process is similar, but the goals and operational guidance differ due to the fact that one unit is a patch of land and the other is a linear corridor.