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National Park Service
Transactions and Proceedings
(Symposium) Series


Science was first employed in an organized way in the 1930s to combat the problems in national parks. That first effort possessed high ideals, high hopes, high quality, and high potential. The fauna of the National Parks series began at that time, attesting to the productivity of the fledgling group of scientists. Then, George Wright's death and later World War II brought a close to effective science in the national parks for over two decades.

The 1960s brought renewed alarm about the condition of national parks: long-established practices of extinguishing all wild fires; fighting naturally-occurring diseases, parasites, and insects; baiting large mammals into view for the visiting public—all produced an artificiality quite in opposition to the goal of naturalness. In the decade since, a great deal has been learned about methods and means of maintaining natural ecological systems, and these are now being applied as rapidly as possible to correct past misunderstandings and present use pressures.

Robert M. Linn,
Research in the Parks, 1976

The Transactions and Proceedings (or Symposium) series had its genesis in the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science which met in late 1971 to celebrate the upcoming centennial of Yellowstone National Park the following year. The transactions of that conference formed the basis for the first volume of this series. In the intervening years, noted park researchers, scientists, and the interested public, has had the opportunity to participate in conferences ranging from such topics as the biology of the Guadalupe Mountains and Chihuahuan Desert, the Colorado Plateau, national park biodiversity, osprey, et al.

This is not a complete listing of all transactions and proceedings that have produced from National Park Service conferences, as many are published by the park hosting the conference or through its cooperating association. This list, however, does reflect those titles which were published under this series various titles.

park researchers, Yellowstone
Moving pictures of algae. Professor Harvey of Univ. of Minnesota and Park Naturalist Frank Thore studying (Environmental Impacts) plant life of thermal waters at Mammoth Hot Springs, 1923.
National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection


 1. Research In The Parks : Transactions of the National Park Centennial Symposium -- Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 28 and 29 December 1971. (1976)

 2. Transactions of the North American Osprey Research Conference -- College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 10-12 February 1972, John C. Ogden (ed.) (1977)

 3. Transactions of the Symposium on the Biological Resources of the Chihuahuan Desert Region, United States and Mexico -- Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas, 17-18 October 1974, Roland H. Wauer, David H. Riskind (eds.) (1977)

 4. Biological Investigations in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas -- Proceedings of a Symposium Held at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, April 4-5, 1975, Hugh H. Genoways and Robert J. Baker (eds.) (1979)

 5. Proceedings of the First Conference on Scientific Research in the National Parks -- New Orleans, Louisiana, November 9-12, 1976, Robert M. Linn (ed.) (1979)

 9. Protecting Biological Diversity in the National Parks -- Workshop Recommendations, May 3-5, 1988, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, F. Dominic Dottavio, Peter F. Brussard, John D. McCrone (eds.) (1990)

    Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Research in California's National Parks -- Stephen D. Viers, Jr., Thomas J. Stohlgren, and Christine Schonewald-Cox (eds.) (1991) (PDF)

    Proceedings of the First Biennial Conference on Research in Colorado Plateau National Parks -- Peter G. Rowlands, Charles van Riper III, Mark K. Sogge (eds.) (1993)

    Proceedings of the Second Biennial Conference on Research in Colorado Plateau National Parks -- Charles van Riper III (ed.) (1995) (PDF)

    Biogeochemistry of A Mature Boreal Ecosystem: Isle Royale National Park, Michigan -- Robert Stottlemyer, David Toczydlowski, Raymond Herrman (1998)

    Vegetation Patterns, Hydrology, and Water Chemistry In Small Watersheds in the Hoh River Valley, Olympic National Park -- Robert L. Edmonds ... [et. al.] (1998)




Proceedings of the National Park Conference held at Yellowstone National Park September 11 and 12, 1911 (PDF)

Proceedings of the National Park Conference held at Yosemite National Park October 14, 15 and 16, 1912 (PDF)

Proceedings Of The National Parks Conference Held In the Auditorium Of The New National Museum, Washington, D.C., January 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, 1917

Proceedings Of The First Park Naturalists' Training Conference Held at Educational Headquarters, Berkeley, California — November 1 to 30, 1929

Proceedings Of The Second Park Naturalists Conference Held at Grand Canyon National Park — November 13-17, 1940

Chief Park Rangers and Interpreters' Conference (1959) (PDF)

First World Conference on National Parks (1962) (PDF)

New Parks for the Nation: White House Conference on Conservation (1962) (PDF)

Second World Conference on National Parks (1972) (PDF)

First Annual National Park Service Historic Preservation Conference, Boston, Massachusettes, April 21-23, 1975

Abstracts: First Conference on Scientific Research in the National Parks (1976) (PDF)

Abstracts: 2nd Conference on Scientific Research in the National Parks (1979) (PDF)

Proceedings: New River Symposium, April 12-14, 1984, Boone North Carolina

Yosemite Centennial Symposium Proceedings: Natural Areas and Yosemite: Prospects for the Future (1990) (PDF)

Death Valley to Deadwood: Kennecott to Cripple Creek (Proceedings of the1989 Historic Mining Conference) (1990) (PDF)

Partnerships in Parks & Preservation, Proceedings and Bibliography (1991) (PDF)

First Conference on Research and Resource Management in Southern Arizona National Park Areas (1996) (PDF)

The Guadalupe Mountains Symposium: Proceedings of the 25th anniversary conference on research and resource management in Guadalupe Mountains National Park (1996) (PDF)

Proceedings: Speakers Series Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo (1998) (PDF)

Along the Shores of Time: Submerged Historic and Indigenous Resources in the Pacific Rim Region - Proceedings from an International and Interdisciplinary Conference. March 31 - April. 3, 1999 (2001) (PDF)

Proceedings of Barrier Island Forum and Workshop, Provincetown, Massachusetts- May 28 - 30, 1980 (2002) (PDF)








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