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State of the Park Report for
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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The Status and Trend symbols used in the summary table below and throughout this report are summarized in the following key. The background color represents the current condition status, the direction of the arrow summarizes the trend in condition, and the thickness of the outside line represents the degree of confidence in the assessment. In some cases, the arrow is omitted because data are not sufficient for calculating a trend (e.g., data from a one-time inventory or insufficient sample size).

Condition Status Trend in Condition Confidence in
Assessment
Condition of resource warrants significant concern Warrants Significant Concern Condition is improving Condition is Improving High confidence in the assessment High
Condition of resource warrants moderate concern Warrants Moderate Concern Condition is unchanging Condition is Unchanging Medium confidence in the assessment Medium
Resource is in good condition Resource is in Good Condition Condition is deteriorating Condition is Deteriorating Low confidence in the assessment Low

Examples of how the symbols should be interpreted:

Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment.
Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment. Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment.
Condition of resource warrants significant concern; trend in condition is unknown or not applicable; low confidence in the assessment. Condition of resource warrants significant concern; trend in condition is unknown or not applicable; low confidence in the assessment.
Overall Facility Condition Index Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment.Brief - Overall Facility Condition Index
The National Park Service uses a facility condition index (FCI) to indicate the condition of its facilities and infrastructure. FCI is the cost of repairing an asset, such as a building, road, trail, or water system, divided by the cost of replacing it. The lower the FCI number, the better the condition of the asset. The overall FCI for 136 assets at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in 2012 was 0.001, which is considered Good based on industry and NPS standards. The table below summarizes the number of assets at KEMO within each industry-standard asset category and the mean FCI on October 1, 2012, compared to October 1, 2008, to determine trends in condition.
Asset Category Number of Assets
2008/2012
FCI
2008 / 2012
Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Buildings 10 / 10 0.011 / 0.023 Resource is in good condition; condition is deteriorating; high confidence in the assessment. All of the park buildings are in Good condition except for the Kolb Farm House. Park staff performs ongoing routine maintenance and routine repairs, and funding requests have been submitted to correct deficiencies.
Trails 12 / 14 0.027 / 0.005 Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. The Trail Club has been instrumental in ongoing routine maintenance and routine repairs. Grants and PMIS projects have been written to request funding to correct deficiencies.
Waste Water Systems 1 / 1 0.000 / 0.000 Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. Septic tanks were removed at the Maintenance, Administration and Visitor Center building, and the park sewer system has been connected to the county system. Kolb Farm House has one septic system and is serviced when needed.
Unpaved Roads 10 / 5 0.016 / 0.000 Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. The unpaved roads and bridges are maintained by park staff in cooperation with Cobb County maintenance crews.
Paved Roads, Parking Areas, Bridges, Tunnels 24 / 32 0.050 / 0.058 Resource is in good condition; condition is deteriorating; high confidence in the assessment. Cobb County maintains most of the paved park roads. Facility Management Division performs ongoing routine maintenance and routine repairs on paved roads, parking areas and bridges. PMIS projects have been written for deficiencies.
All Others 26 / 74 0.000 / 0.000 Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The All Others category includes the park's radio and telephone systems, a number of earthworks, fields, picnic areas, interpretive signs, and monuments, which overall are in good condition.

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The Status and Trend symbols used in the summary table below and throughout this report are summarized in the following key. The background color represents the current condition status, the direction of the arrow summarizes the trend in condition, and the thickness of the outside line represents the degree of confidence in the assessment. In some cases, the arrow is omitted because data are not sufficient for calculating a trend (e.g., data from a one-time inventory or insufficient sample size).

Condition Status Trend in Condition Confidence in
Assessment
Condition of resource warrants significant concern Warrants Significant Concern Condition is improving Condition is Improving High confidence in the assessment High
Condition of resource warrants moderate concern Warrants Moderate Concern Condition is unchanging Condition is Unchanging Medium confidence in the assessment Medium
Resource is in good condition Resource is in Good Condition Condition is deteriorating Condition is Deteriorating Low confidence in the assessment Low

Examples of how the symbols should be interpreted:

Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment.
Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment. Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment.
Condition of resource warrants significant concern; trend in condition is unknown or not applicable; low confidence in the assessment. Condition of resource warrants significant concern; trend in condition is unknown or not applicable; low confidence in the assessment.
Energy Consumption Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment.
The production of energy to heat, cool, and illuminate buildings and to operate water utility systems is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The National Park Service is committed to improving facility energy performance and increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources. The National Park Service has a goal to reduce Servicewide building energy consumption per square foot of building space by 35% by 2016 from the baseline set in 2003 (NPS Green Parks Plan 2012).
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Energy Consumption BTUs per gross square footage of buildings Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy, the park recently installed a 60KW solar array atop the Visitor Center and installed energy-efficient lighting. Energy usage (BTUs per gross square footage of buildings) at the park in 2012 was 64% lower than the average for the previous 3 years (Source: NPS Annual Energy Report).
Annual Energy Consumption at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Annual Energy Consumption at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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The Status and Trend symbols used in the summary table below and throughout this report are summarized in the following key. The background color represents the current condition status, the direction of the arrow summarizes the trend in condition, and the thickness of the outside line represents the degree of confidence in the assessment. In some cases, the arrow is omitted because data are not sufficient for calculating a trend (e.g., data from a one-time inventory or insufficient sample size).

Condition Status Trend in Condition Confidence in
Assessment
Condition of resource warrants significant concern Warrants Significant Concern Condition is improving Condition is Improving High confidence in the assessment High
Condition of resource warrants moderate concern Warrants Moderate Concern Condition is unchanging Condition is Unchanging Medium confidence in the assessment Medium
Resource is in good condition Resource is in Good Condition Condition is deteriorating Condition is Deteriorating Low confidence in the assessment Low

Examples of how the symbols should be interpreted:

Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment.
Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment. Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment.
Condition of resource warrants significant concern; trend in condition is unknown or not applicable; low confidence in the assessment. Condition of resource warrants significant concern; trend in condition is unknown or not applicable; low confidence in the assessment.
Water Consumption Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is deteriorating; high confidence in the assessment.
The national and global supply of fresh water has diminished in recent decades, and this trend is likely to continue due to drought and other climatic changes. To contribute to the responsible use of freshwater supplies, encourage groundwater recharge, and protect water quality, the National Park Service is improving its efforts to conserve water, reuse gray water, and capture rainwater, and has set a goal to reduce non-irrigation potable water use intensity by 30% by 2020 from the baseline set in 2007 (NPS Green Parks Plan 2012).
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Water Consumption Millions of gallons Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is deteriorating; high confidence in the assessment. Water consumption at the park in 2012 was 19.6% higher than the 4-year average for 2008–2011 (Source: NPS Annual Energy Report).
Annual Water Consumption at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Annual Water Consumption at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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