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This document is result of public input and joint planning by the DOE and the NPS. In February 2016 the NPS and DOE held workshops in Los Alamos, NM; Hanford, WA; and Oak Ridge, TN. Open houses were held in each of the three communities to gather input from stakeholders and interested parties. A summary of comments is available online at: https://www.nps.gov/mapr/learn/management/summary-of-public-open-house-comments.htm.
The Foundation Document is designed to affirm the park’s core mission and significance, key resources and values, and the interpretive themes that tell its stories. Formally established in November 2015 to preserve portions of three World War II sites where the United States developed the first atomic weapons, the park marks the history of the people, science, and events that led to creation of the atomic bomb in the top-secret effort known as the Manhattan Project.
Foundation Documents are guidance tools individualized for each of the NPS’s 417 units to direct basic park planning and management. The document is now available online at: https://www.nps.gov/mapr/foundation-document.htm.
Work on the document began in February 2016 when a team of NPS and DOE officials held public workshops and met in open houses in the three communities where Manhattan Project research and production centers represent the park: Los Alamos, NM; Hanford, WA; and Oak Ridge, TN.
Manhattan Project National Historical Park was authorized in December 2014 in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015. On November 10, 2015, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Energy signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish the park. Under that pact, the NPS operates the park and interprets its history on properties that continue to be owned and managed by DOE. Park visitor centers have been opened at the three locations, which represent stages in the research and production of the first atomic weapons.