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State of the Park Report for Salem Maritime National Historic Site

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Derby House at Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Derby House at Salem Maritime National Historic Site

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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 improving; 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 42 assets at Salem Maritime National Historic Site in 2012 was 0.061, which is considered Good based on industry and NPS standards. The table below summarizes the number of assets at SAMA 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 14 / 15 0.067 / 0.097 Resource is in good condition; condition is deteriorating; high confidence in the assessment. Since 2006, the park has acquired the Pedrick Warehouse. The temporary ship operation structure, the Rigging Shed, was not captured in the 2006 data. The Pedrick Warehouse is a new structure that was brought from the waterfront at Marblehead and reconstructed at SAMA. It will replace the Rigging Shed and will be used for operations of the Friendship such as rigging and ship maintenance.

Work is in progress to do major preservation and refurbishment of the interior and exterior of the Hawkes House, including upgrade of utilities, painting, and other maintenance. The exterior brick façade of the Derby House was recently re-pointed. There are several other projects throughout the park to rehabilitate the exterior building envelopes of structures such as Saint Joseph's Hall and the Armory/Visitor Center. This data will not be reflected in the FCI until work has been completed.

The West India Goods Store has undergone interior and exterior rehabilitation in recent years, including a new roof and windows.
Trails 5 / 5 0.206 / 0.001 Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment.  
All Others 12 / 21 0.050 / 0.025 Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Two locations previously owned by the park were not captured in the 2006 data and have since been added to the database.

Central Wharf is in dire need of repair because of a recent collapse of a section of the bulkhead wall. The park has submitted a funding request for the needed repairs.

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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. Energy usage (39,118 BTUs per gross square footage of buildings) in 2012 was 27% lower than the average for the previous 4 years (Source: NPS Annual Energy Report).
Annual Energy Consumption at Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Annual Energy Consumption at Salem Maritime National Historic Site

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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 significant 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 significant concern; condition is deteriorating; high confidence in the assessment. 930,000 gallons. The park took over responsibility for paying for water consumption at the Visitor Center in Salem in FY 2012, which resulted in a 93% increase in water consumption compared to the 4-year average for 2008–2011 (Source: NPS Annual Energy Report).
Annual Water Consumption at Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Annual Water Consumption at Salem Maritime National Historic Site

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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.
Park Carbon Footprint Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment.
As a participant in the Climate Friendly Parks program, Salem Maritime NHS belongs to a network of parks nationwide that are putting climate friendly behavior at the forefront of sustainability planning. By conducting an emission inventory, setting an emission reduction goal, beginning the adaptation scenario planning process, developing an Action Plan, and committing to educate park staff, visitors, and community members about climate change, Salem Maritime NHS is striving to provide a model for climate friendly behavior within the Park Service.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions result from the combustion of fossil fuels for transportation and energy (e.g., boilers, electricity generation), the decomposition of waste and other organic matter, and the volatilization or release of gases from various other sources (e.g., fertilizers and refrigerants). At Salem Maritime NHS, the main sources of energy for park operations are purchased electricity and fossil fuels (oil, natural gas) for heating. In 2012, GHG emissions within Salem Maritime NHS totaled 253 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E). This includes emissions from park and concessioner operations and visitor activities, including vehicle use within the Park. For perspective, a typical single family home in the U.S. produces approximately 12 MTCO2 per year (U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gases Equivalencies Calculators). Thus, the combined emissions from park and concessioner operations and visitor activities within the Park are roughly equivalent to the emissions from the energy use of 46 households each year.
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MTCO2E) Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment. SAMA belongs to a network of parks nationwide that are putting climate friendly behavior at the forefront of sustainability planning. The Park is developing a climate action plan to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases at the park by 2016. Combined emissions from park and concessioner operations and visitor activities within the Park during the baseline year were 253 MTCO2E, roughly equivalent to the emissions from the energy use of 46 households each year.

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