John Day Fossil Beds National Monument “State of the Park” Report

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Date: January 14, 2014
Contact: Superintendent

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument "State of the Park" Report

Kimberly, Oregon – Scientists, technicians and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument managers have taken a long look at natural, cultural and historic resources in their care and summarized their findings in a first-of-its-kind "State of the Park" report.

"The report gives us a good overview of the condition of the priority resources at the park," said Superintendent Shelley Hall."It lets us see the entire park at a moment in time. It's important because this is a complex park and our stewardship responsibilities are diverse and challenging. For example, we offer educational programs, preserve and research fossils, preserve historic buildings, and control invasive plants. We will use this information to set park priorities for improvement and report on our progress to the American people."

John Day Fossil Beds' "State of the Park" report offers a "snapshot" of the status and trends in the condition of the park's most important resources and values. It summarizes and communicates complex scientific, scholarly, and park operations information, highlights the stewardship efforts of park staff to maintain or improve the condition of park resources, and identifies the key issues and challenges the park faces. The report is available online at

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is one of approximately a dozen state-of-the-parks reports available, including: Big Hole National Battlefield (MT), Cabrillo National Monument (CA), Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (AK), Salem Maritime National Historic Park (MA), and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (GA). The reports are online at and on each park's website.

More "State of the Park" reports are underway and will be available upon completion.The report series is part of "Park Pulse," an act5ion goal in A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement, the National Park Service priorities for its second century. By the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, up to 50 parks will complete these in-depth assessments of key resources and values and will communicate their findings to the American people.

For more information about A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement, visit

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