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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.
Visitor Numbers and Visitor Satisfaction
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Number of Visitors Number of visitors per year Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Kennesaw Mountain NBP has the highest visitation of any Civil War battlefield park in the nation. The total of 1,935,909 visitors to the park in 2012 is higher than that of 2010 (1,512,191) and 2011 (1,748,436) and also higher than the 10-year average of 1,370,310 visitors for 2002–2011.
Visitor Satisfaction Percent of visitors who were satisfied with their visit Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. Based on the standard visitor satisfaction survey conducted each year, the percentage of visitors satisfied in FY12 was 99.0%, which is higher than the average for the previous five years (98.0%) and ten years (97.6%). Source: 2012 Visitor Survey Card Data Report

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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.
Interpretive and Education Programs - Talks, Tours, and Special Events Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment.Brief - Living History
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Education Programs Number and quality of programs, and number of participants Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The park hosts local school groups who visit the park primarily to learn about the Civil War. An average of 1,400 students has attended educational programs at the park from FY07–12, with a range of 955 to 1,901 students during that period. There are 112 public schools that host 108,000 students in the local community. There is great potential to increase educational outreach.
Junior Ranger Programs Number of programs and attendance Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. The park revised the Junior Ranger booklet in 2010 and the popularity has increased to a distribution and completion rate of 393 booklets in FY 2012.
Special Events Variety and longevity of events, community involvement Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The park is preparing for special events in 2014 associated with the 150th anniversary of the battles related to the Atlanta Campaign. An anniversary program has been held annually for more than 30 years. Every five years, the park has a 9/11 memorial featuring a field of more than 3,000 flags and substantial community involvement.

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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.
Interpretive Media - Brochures, Exhibits, Signs, and Website Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment.
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Wayside Signs Condition and currency of signs Condition of resource warrants significant concern; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. Wayside signs are in poor condition due to age and weather. A wayside plan is necessary to begin the process of improving and expanding the park's waysides.
Park Directional Signs (off-site) Usefulness, quantity, and placement Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. The recently-completed sign plan will be implemented this year. Highway guides, road guides, and trail guides as well as boundary signs will be added throughout the park and surrounding area.
Exhibits Currency and quality of visitor center exhibits Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. Museum exhibits encompass a wide range of American Civil War Atlanta campaign topics and remain a highlight for visitors.
Print Media Accuracy and availability of primary park publications Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. The new park brochure was released in August 2012. Additional site bulletins are also available to provide supplemental information about the Civil War and the events at Kennesaw Mountain NBP, and the geology of the area.
Audio-visual Media Orientation Films Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. A new high-definition park orientation film is in the final stages of development.
Websites Currency and scope of website; number of website visitors Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. The park website has been updated by an intern from the Student Conservation Association, but when that position ends, staff levels are insufficient to maintain the time intensive demands of a relevant web presence in a rapidly developing suburban setting.
Social media: Facebook updates and "likes," overall activity Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. The park has updated Facebook and Twitter accounts, There are more than 6,400 "likes" on the park's Facebook page. Park staff will not be able to maintain the sites at the same level once the SCA intern leaves.

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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.
Recreational Opportunities Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment.
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Trails Number of visitors using trails Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. The park provides one of the largest contiguous federally managed public green spaces in a major metropolitan area serving millions of recreationists each year. There are more than 18 miles of designated trails used for hiking, running, dog walking, and horseback riding. Organized groups such as cross county teams also value the park for its trails.
Wildlife Viewing Number of visitors in park to view wildlife Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The park was designated as the State of Georgia's first Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society, and attracts bird watchers throughout the year, particularly during the spring and fall migrations. Deer, turkeys, and snakes are also mentioned in visitor surveys.
Picnicking Number of visitors in park for picnicking Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The park has and two established picnic areas and three activity areas that are popular for picnicking, especially on the weekends.

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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.
Accessibility Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment.
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Mobility ADA compliance Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The park visitor center, parking areas, and shuttle bus are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The business offices are not ADA compliant.
Visual accommodation ADA compliance Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. Visitor center exhibits include a tactile component with Braille description. The park brochure is available in Braille. The waysides are not ADA compliant.
Auditory accommodation ADA compliance Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The new park orientation film will have closed captioning. The waysides are not ADA compliant.

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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.
Safety Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is deteriorating; high confidence in the assessment.
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Number of law enforcement incidents Recordable incidents Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is deteriorating; high confidence in the assessment. The number of recordable incidents is increasing, with more than 2,000 law enforcement incidents last year. Park staff cooperates regularly with local law enforcement.
Number of accidents or injuries Recordable incidents Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is deteriorating; medium confidence in the assessment. There has been an increase in the number of traffic accidents within the park. EMS response time is generally less than 5 minutes.
Staff safety and training Number of staff trained Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. Operational Leadership Training has been completed by all staff. Regular safety meetings are scheduled throughout the year, and safety messages are routinely delivered by email. CPR and first aid training are offered to all staff on a space available basis.

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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.
Partnerships Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; medium confidence in the assessment.Brief - Mountain
Trail Club
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Volunteers Number and hours contributed Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. In 2012, 1,600 volunteers contributed more than 24,000 hours to help with park stewardship. The number of volunteers and volunteer hours has increased during the past five years.
Partnerships Number of official and unofficial partnerships Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; medium confidence in the assessment. The park works with a variety of partners and continues to seek opportunities to develop new partnerships. The Trail Club has been assisting the park for more than 10 years with development and maintenance of trails.

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