New Look at Resource Management

NPS Advisory Board Science Committee

Science Committee in Acadia National Park

photo by Dorothy Ann Davis

Quick Facts


A Call to Action
Action Item:
Revisit Leopold
Year Accomplished:

Revisiting Leopold: Resource Stewardship in the National Parks was released on August 24, 2012. The Leopold Report (officially Wildlife Management in the National Parks) was published in 1963, and has long influenced resource management policies and practices within NPS. Today, environmental and social changes challenge many of its principles and recommendations. NPS Director Jarvis charged the NPS Advisory Board Science Committee to revisit the Leopold Report and asked the Science Committee to consider what should be the goals, associated policies, and resulting actions necessary to implement resource management in the future of the National Park System.  The scope of these questions includes both natural and cultural resource management, a change from the original Leopold Report.

The Science Committee is chaired by Dr. Rita Colwell, former Director of the National Science Foundation, and includes conservation scientists, retired NPS professionals, members of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as a Nobel Laureate and two recipients of the Presidential Medal of Science. The Science Committee traveled to national parks and met several times over the past year to develop its report.  Following its release, a series of dialogues about the report will now be held with NPS staff, the broad scientific community, and the international parks and protected areas community.