The National Park System contains significant geological features, landforms, and viewsheds that frame the natural and cultural heritage of our nation. Equally important are the active geologic processes that may impact park resources or visitor safety. Proposed, ongoing, and abandoned(orphaned) mining, mineral, and energy  operations within and adjacent to NPS units also present unique resource management challenges.

The Geologic Resources Division assists the National Park Service and partners in the servicewide coordination, support, and guidance necessary to understand and implement science-informed stewardship of geologic and associated park resources; reduce impacts from past and present energy, mineral, and other development; and protect visitor values.

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Last updated: December 3, 2021