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Interpretation Master Plans and Interpretation Action Plans were defined in the most recent update of the DOM Interpretation and Education chapter.

An Interpretation Master Plan takes a long-range approach to interpretation planning and may be developed for a unit, sector, or geographical region, or may be used for particular resources found throughout the state. It updates and expands upon the General Plan and is intended to help guide park unit staff toward realizing its vision for interpretation. The Master Plan provides greater background and context, while analyzing existing conditions and looking at opportunities and constraints for expanding interpretation and meeting visitor needs. A Master Plan offers recommendations for facilities, media and programs, with objectives and strategies that are in line with the park unit’s goals and guidelines. The Master Plan can be a stand-alone document or combined with an Action Plan. Master Plans may be used to request and attract funding for project-specific development.

It is strongly recommended that an Interpretation Master Plan be prepared prior to developing any new major interpretive facilities or programs, or an amendment to an existing plan should be put in place if such facilities or programs are not addressed in the existing Master Plan.

An Interpretation Action Plan should follow the development of a Master Plan and may be set up as a stand-alone document. The Action Plan is a “roadmap,” offering a realistic and flexible mechanism for achieving the park unit’s interpretive goals, objectives and strategies. Guided by the Action Plan, park staff can methodically approach interpretive development, adapting to the continuing evolution of the park unit while moving toward the realization of the stakeholders’ shared vision.

Following are the Interpretation Master and Action Plans that have been completed and approved to date.
Carpinteria State Beach Interpretation Master Plan and Action Plan (PDF, 8.4 MB)
Mount San Jacinto State Park Interpretation Master Plan and Action Plan (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Angel Island State Park Interpretation Master Plan and Action Plan (PDF, 8.0 MB)
Los Angeles State Historic Park Interpretive Master Plan (PDF, 2.9 MB)
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Strategic Plan for Interpretation (PDF, 6.5 MB)
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park Interpretation Master Plan (PDF, 619 KB)
El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park Interpretation Master Plan (Link to web page)
Bidwell Mansion SHP Interpretation Master Plan and Action Plan (PDF, 3.7 MB)
Henry W. Coe SP Interpretation Master Plan and Action Plan (PDF, 7.9 MB)
Malakoff Diggins SHP Interpretation Master Plan and Action Plan (PDF, 6.2 MB)
Anza-Borrego Desert SP Interpretation Master Plan (PDF, 4.5 MB)
Morro Bay Interpretive Master Plan (PDF, 4 MB)
Fort Ord Dunes State Park Interpretive Master Plan (PDF 4 MB)