Responsibility for the Servicewide sign program was first given to HFC in 1999 by Deputy Director Galvin, and formally assigned to the Center upon Director Mainella's approval of Director's Order 52C in September, 2003.
Initial efforts relating to the sign program included the completion of of specifications for the design, fabrication, and installation of a wide range of outdoor sign types, the prototyping and field testing of sign hardware components, the development and testing of a custom NPS typeface for highway signs, and the negotiation of the approval of the new standards by the Federal Highway Administration. Current efforts by the Office of NPS Identity (the Harpers Ferry Center office responsible for the sign standards) are focused on identifying and establishing contracts with private-sector sign design and manufacturing firms and on creating a Servicewide sign ordering and delivery system.
The new standards have been completed and are available to NPS personnel on the National Park Service UniGuide Sign Program Website.
NOTE: The NPS UniGuide Website is only available to NPS employees who are connecting on an NPS network. Non-NPS users will encounter a "Page Not Found" error.