Caring for the American Legacy
Why conduct research in National Parks?
National Parks are an American legacy. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. That is a huge job, particularly in light of the many challenges facing parks today. To take the best possible care of these parks, managers need to know as much as they can about the resources within them. That's where the researchers can help. Scientists investigate topics and issues revolving around natural and cultural resources in the parks, and the information they yield helps park managers do their jobs.