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Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield is a very popular place located in a growing metropolis. With nearly two million visitors a year, the Civil War battlefield sees a lot of use and that use can definitely have an impact. This month the Battlefield releases to the public its "State of the Park" report, a comprehensive analysis of the site's overall condition. In addition to identifying the park's purpose and significance, it also provides for readers efforts to maintain and improve the site and what issues and challenges may impact park management's future planning. The report is available online at http://www.nps.gov/stateoftheparks/kemo.
National Park Service scientists and managers are taking a close look at the overall condition of the national parks in their care and have begun to report their findings in a series of "State of the Park" reports. While Kennesaw Mountain's management team makes regular assessments of the site's condition, it was agreed than an in-depth analysis was needed to help with future management decisions.
"As the stewards of America's national parks, we want to make sure that future generations can enjoy parks that are in as good as or better shape as they are today," said National Park Service Director John Jarvis. "To succeed, we need to know the current condition of the parks, make management decisions to maintain or improve their condition, and keep the public informed as we proceed."
The State of the Parks project is one of 39 significant actions Director Jarvis laid out in A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement. At least 50 national parks are expected to complete these in-depth condition assessments by 2016, the National Park Service's centennial. Kennesaw Mountain's report is one of eight completed thus far. For more information on A Call to Action, Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement, visit http://www.nps.gov/calltoaction.