Park purpose statements are based on national park legislation, legislative history, and National Park Service policies. The statements reaffirm the reasons for which the park was set aside as a unit of the national park system and they provide the foundation for national park management and use.
According to the Final General Management Plan Revision/Environmental Impact Statement (May 2004) the purpose of Petrified Forest National Park is to:
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The ecosystem at Petrified Forest National Park is not desert. It's one of the largest areas of intact grassland in the Southwest. More...