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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Big Hole National Battlefield Cabrillo National Monument Cape Lookout National Seashore Catoctin Mountain Park Curecanti National Recreation Area John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Ocmulgee National Monument Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Salem Maritime National Historic Site Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

State of the Park Reports

About State of the Park Reports


Completed State of the Park Reports



The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of national parks for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. NPS Management Policies (2006) state that "The Service will also strive to ensure that park resources and values are passed on to future generations in a condition that is as good as, or better than, the conditions that exist today."

The purpose of these State of the Park reports is to:

  1. Provide to visitors and the American public a snapshot of the status and trend in the condition of a park's priority resources and values;
  2. Summarize and communicate complex scientific, scholarly, and park operations factual information and expert opinion using non-technical language and a visual format;
  3. Highlight park stewardship activities and accomplishments to maintain or improve the State of the Park;
  4. Identify key issues and challenges facing the park to help inform park management planning.


Featured Information

A Call to Action

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A Call to Action rallies National Park Service employees and partners to advance a shared vision toward 2016. It describes specific goals and measurable actions that chart a new direction for the National Park Service as it enters its second century.

Launched on August 25, 2011, the 95th birthday of the Service, A Call to Action was updated the following year to reflect accomplished work and new actions. Learn more…

State of the Park Reporting Program Brief

State of the Park Reporting Program Brief

NPS State of the Park (SotP) reports are a communication and education tool. They convey complex park condition information to the general public in a clear and simple manner. This promotes greater awareness of park conditions and needs, strengthening public support for NPS actions that maintain or improve conditions for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations.
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park was established by Congress to preserve an area encompassing spectacular gorges, the Gunnison River, and breathtaking landscapes by protecting its natural, cultural, and wilderness integrity for public benefit, inspiration, and enjoyment. Black Canyon, carved by the power of the Gunnison River and born from multiple episodes of uplift and erosion, is one of the steepest, deepest, and narrowest canyons in North America, and reveals 2,000 feet of Precambrian basement rock. Learn more…

Cape Lookout National Seashore

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Cape Lookout National Seashore, 56 miles of barrier islands off the North Carolina coast, is an outstanding example of a dynamic, intact, natural barrier island system, where ecological processes dominate.Cape Lookout National Seashore is one of the few remaining locations on the Atlantic coast where visitors can experience and recreate in a primarily undeveloped, remote barrier island environment, which can be reached only by boat. Learn more…

Catoctin Mountain Park

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Catoctin Mountain Park encompasses 5,770 acres of forested landscape located in the mountains of the Catoctin Ridge in north-central Maryland. The park area has witnessed Native American use, European settlement for subsistence and commercial farming, iron production and other industry, tourism, recreational hunting, and military usage (both during the Civil War and World War II). Catoctin Mountain Park provides quality recreational opportunities and serves as a setting and buffer for the Presidential Retreat, while protecting and conserving the park's natural and cultural environments as envisioned by New Deal conservation programs. Learn more…

Curecanti National Recreation Area

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Curecanti National Recreation Area was established to protect an abundance of natural, historic, and archeological features in a western landscape encompassing canyons, pinnacles, cliffs, rivers, reservoirs, and mesas, while offering opportunities for recreation, public benefit, and personal reflection. Blue Mesa Reservoir, cradled by mesas and iconic pinnacles within a high desert landscape, is the largest body of water in Colorado. Morrow Point and Crystal are two remote, fjord-like reservoirs located in the upper Black Canyon of the Gunnison that provide premier backcountry flat water recreational opportunities. Learn more…

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, located in east central Oregon in Grant and Wheeler counties, encompasses 14,000 acres in the John Day River valley. The monument features sedimentary rocks that contain a plant and animal fossil record spanning 40 million years of the Age of Mammals. The monument is geographically dispersed over three widely separated units: the Clarno Unit, the Painted Hills Unit, and the Sheep Rock Unit. All three units provide a variety of opportunities for recreation and study and serve to introduce the paleontological story of the much larger basin to the public. Learn more…

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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Between June 19 and July 2, 1864, a series of battles occurred here between Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's Confederate force of 65,000 troops and Gen. William T. Sherman's Union army of 100,000 men. Eventually, Sherman's army outflanked the Confederate force and forced them to abandon their lines. The loss of Kennesaw Mountain removed one of the last major geographic obstacles protecting Atlanta, which eventually fell to the Union army in September of 1864. The fall of Atlanta bolstered the Union army's resolve to continue the conflict and eventually led to the re-election of Abraham Lincoln as president in 1864. Learn more…

Ocmulgee National Monument

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Ocmulgee National Monument preserves evidence of one of the longest periods of human habitation at any one site in the National Park System. Occupation is illustrated by prehistoric earthen mounds, including the only known spiral mound in the country; a restored ceremonial earth lodge with original clay floor; prehistoric trenches; an early colonial trading post; and Civil War earthworks.
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