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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park Andersonville National Historic Site Big Hole National Battlefield Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Cabrillo National Monument Cape Lookout National Seashore Catoctin Mountain Park Curecanti National Recreation Area Horseshoe Bend National Military Park John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Kaluapapa National Historic Site Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Maggie L Walker National Historic Site Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Ocmulgee National Monument Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Richmond National Battlefield Park Salem Maritime National Historic Site Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site Valley Forge National Historical Park

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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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park commemorates the birthplace and early boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States and one of America's most famous historic figures. The park interprets the relationship of Lincoln's background and pioneer environment to his service for his country as president of the United States during the crucial years of the Civil War. Learn more…

Andersonville National Historic Site

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Andersonville National Historic Site was established by Congress on October 16, 1970. The 515-acre park consists of the site of the Civil War military prison Camp Sumter, the Andersonville National Cemetery, and the National Prisoner of War Museum. Andersonville, or Camp Sumter as it was officially known, was one of the largest of many Confederate military prisons established during the Civil War. During the 14 months the prison existed, more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined here. Nearly 13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, overcrowding, and exposure to the elements. 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…

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

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Horseshoe Bend National Military Park commemorates the last major battle of the Creek Indian War (1813–1814) which took place within a horsehoe-shaped bend of the Tallapoosa River, in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. In this battle 3,300 frontier troops and Indian allies under the command of Andrew Jackson defeated 1,000 Creek warriors who had fortified themselves behind a seemingly impregnable log barricade. The park interprets the events of the battle in the larger context of the War of 1812, as well as their impacts on the Creek people and the development of the United States. Learn more…

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

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Kalaupapa National Historical Park honors the mo‘olelo (story) of the isolated Hansen's disease (leprosy) community by preserving and interpreting its site and values. The historical park also tells the story of the rich Hawaiian culture and traditions at Kalaupapa that go back at least 900 years.

Kalaupapa National Historical Park presents an exemplary geologic and scenic panorama of towering sea cliffs and a flat leaf-shaped peninsula that were created by a cataclysmic landslide and subsequent volcanic eruption. Learn more…

Maggie L Walker National Historic Site

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The Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site commemorates the life of a progressive and talented African American woman. Despite many adversities in post-Civil War Richmond, Virginia, she achieved success in the world of business and finance as the first woman in the United States to charter and serve as president of a bank. Ms. Walker founded St. Luke Penny Savings Bank, forerunner of Consolidated Bank & Trust Co., which is the oldest surviving black-operated bank. The site includes her residence of 30 years and a visitor center detailing her life and the Jackson Ward community in which she lived and worked. Learn more…

Richmond National Battlefield Park

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Richmond National Battlefield Park preserves more than 2,500 acres of Civil War resources in thirteen units, including the main visitor center at the famous Tredegar Iron Works, a key industrial complex, the Confederacy's largest hospital, dozens of miles of elaborate original fortifications, and the evocative spots where determined soldiers stood paces apart and fought with rifles, reaping a staggering human cost.
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Valley Forge National Historical Park

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Valley Forge was the site of the 1777–78 winter encampment of the Continental Army. The park commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honors the ability of citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.
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