Park Completes First "State of the Park" Report
Contact: Jonathan Parker, 978-210-4245
New Report Summarizes Status of Natural, Historic and Cultural Resources
Saugus, Massachusetts - Scientists, technicians and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site managers have taken a long look at natural, cultural and historic resources in their care and summarized their findings in a first-of-its kind "State of the Park" report. [Download PDF]
"The report gives us a good overview of the condition of the priority resources at the park," said Superintendent Michael Quijano-West . "It lets us see the entire park at a moment in time. It's important because this is a complex park and our stewardship responsibilities are diverse and challenging. For example, we offer educational programs, preserve cultural artifacts, monitor rare species, preserve historic buildings, and oversee visitor safety. We will use this information to set park priorities for improvement and report on our progress to the American people."
Saugus Iron Work's "State of the Park" report offers a "snapshot" of the status and trends in the condition of the park's most important resources and values. It summarizes and communicates complex scientific, scholarly, and park operations information, highlights the stewardship efforts of park staff to maintain or improve the condition of park resources, and identifies the key issues and challenges the park faces. The report is available online at www.nps.gov/stateoftheparks/.
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is one of seven national parks presenting state-of-the-park reports this month. The other state-of-the-park parks: Big Hole National Battlefield (Mont.), Cabrillo National Monument (Calif.), Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Alaska), Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (Minn.), Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (Ariz.), and Salem Maritime National Historic Site (Boston.) The reports are online at www.nps.gov/stateoftheparks/and on each park's website.
More "State of the Park" reports are underway and will be available upon completion. The report series is part of "Park Pulse," an action goal in A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement, the National Park Service priorities for its second century. By the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, up to 50 parks will complete these in-depth assessments of key resources and values and will communicate their findings to the American people.
For more information about A Call to Action, Preparing for a Second Century ofStewardship and Engagement, visit www.nps.gov/calltoaction.
Did You Know?
A type of gabbro was used as flux at the Saugus Iron Works. Gabbro refers to a large number of dark, coarse-grained, igneous rocks, but the specific type of gabbro used at Saugus Iron Work was unique to Essex County, Massachusetts. It is named Essexite after the county.