Monument Management Plan

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Establishment of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Following a tradition started by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1909, on June 15, 2006, President George W. Bush established the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, setting apart 139,793 square miles of federal lands and waters to protect the area’s significant natural, cultural, and historic resources. The monument is managed by the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in close coordination with the State of Hawai‘i.

Included within the National Monument are two National Wildlife Refuges: the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge extending from Nihoa Island to Pearl and Hermes Atoll, and Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Midway Atoll also is designated as the Battle of Midway National Memorial. The National Monument also includes the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve administered by NOAA and the State Marine Refuge managed by the State of Hawai‘i. On February 28, 2007, the proclamation was amended to give the monument a Native Hawaiian name - Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Management Plan
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Volume I - Monument Management Plan (pdf 6 M)

Chapter 1 - Introduction (pdf 2.8M)
Chapter 2 - Management Framework (pdf 532K)
Chapter 3 - Action Plans (pdf 2.9M)
Chapter 4 - Glossary and References (pdf 321K

Volume II - Environmental Assessment (pdf 7.4MB)

Chapter 1 - Introduction (pdf 1.19M)
Chapter 2 - Affected Environment (pdf 676K)
Chapter 3 - Environmental Effects (pdf 556K)
Chapter 4 - Other Required NEPA Analysis (pdf 220K)
Chapter 5 - Agency and Public Participation (pdf 247K)
Chapter 6 - References (pdf 309K)
Chapter 7- List of Preparers (pdf 193K)
Appendix A - Cultural Impact Assessment (pdf 2.28M)
Appendix B - Categoral Exclusions (pdf 305K)
Appendix C - State and Federal Finding of No Significant Impact (pdf 3.4M)
Appendix D - Scoping and Consultation Summary (pdf 365K)

Volume III - Appendices: Supporting Documents and References (pdf 7M)

Appendix A - Permitting Process (pdf 1000K)
Appendix B - Midway Atoll Visitor Services Plan (pdf 1.98M)
Appendix C - Presidential Proclamations 8031 and 8112 (pdf 1.97M)
Appendix D - Monument Regulations (pdf 391K)
Appendix E - Monument Memorandum of Agreement (pdf 593K)
Appendix F - Operational Protocols and Best Management Practices (pdf 863K)
Appendix G - IMO Particularly Sensitive Sea Area Designation and Associated Protective Measures (pdf 1006K)

Volume IV - Midway Atoll Conceptual Site Plan (pdf 13.33M)

Volume V - Response to Comments
Part 1 (pdf 2.27M)
Part 2 (pdf 11.33M)