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As part of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Celebration, several goals were envisioned including conducting a comprehensive assessment of the condition of park values in a State of the Park report was a top priority.This report is part of "Park Pulse" in A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement.This action goal states that by 2016, up to 50 parks will complete in-depth assessments of key resources and values and will communicate their findings to the American people.
These assessments provide a snapshot with a succinct analysis of:
- the status and trend in the condition ofimportant resources and values
- a summary of complex scientific, scholarly, and park operations information
- highlights of our stewardship activities and accomplishments
- key issues and challenges facing park managers
Superintendent Dulen noted, "This evaluation of park resources, facilities, and visitor experiences provides information to managers, visitors, and stakeholders about the challenges and opportunities we face in protecting this special place."
Several NPS scientists and subject matter experts contributed to the report andhave provided valuable benchmarks that can be monitored.These conditions are communicated on a variety of resources from the health of streams, meadows, and wildlife populations;protection of our shared cultural heritage from theft and vandalism;and the quality of visitors experiences.These benchmarks will become ever moreincreasingly important as we address the challenges of climate change, and engaging our visitors and communities in enjoyment and stewardship of these irreplaceable resources.
We hope you'll join us in our effort to preserve Devils Postpile National Monument.For the State of the Park report visit, www.nps.gov/depo/learn/management/state-of-the-park.htm