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State of the Park Reports

About State of the Park Reports

Completed State of the Park Reports

The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of national parks for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. NPS Management Policies (2006) state that "The Service will also strive to ensure that park resources and values are passed on to future generations in a condition that is as good as, or better than, the conditions that exist today."

The purpose of these State of the Park reports is to:

  1. Provide to visitors and the American public a snapshot of the status and trend in the condition of a park's priority resources and values;
  2. Summarize and communicate complex scientific, scholarly, and park operations factual information and expert opinion using non-technical language and a visual format;
  3. Highlight park stewardship activities and accomplishments to maintain or improve the State of the Park;
  4. Identify key issues and challenges facing the park to help inform park management planning.

Featured Information

A Call to Action

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A Call to Action rallies National Park Service employees and partners to advance a shared vision toward 2016. It describes specific goals and measurable actions that chart a new direction for the National Park Service as it enters its second century.

Launched on August 25, 2011, the 95th birthday of the Service, A Call to Action was updated the following year to reflect accomplished work and new actions. Learn more…

State of the Park Reporting Program Brief

State of the Park Reporting Program Brief

NPS State of the Park (SotP) reports are a communication and education tool. They convey complex park condition information to the general public in a clear and simple manner. This promotes greater awareness of park conditions and needs, strengthening public support for NPS actions that maintain or improve conditions for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations.
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Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve

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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is acknowledged as the premier Wilderness park in the national park system, protecting 8.4 million acres of diverse arctic ecosystems. Gates of the Arctic protects a functioning arctic, mountain ecosystem in its entirety and provides habitat of world importance for naturally occurring plant and animal populations. Learn more…

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

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Located in southeastern Alaska, between the Gulf of Alaska and Canada, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve protects over 5,000 square miles of Alaska, with over 4,000 square miles of protected wilderness. Where most National Parks stop at the beach, Glacier Bay National Park preserves nearly 600,000 acres of marine ecosystems in Glacier Bay. A popular cruise ship destination, Glacier Bay brings hundreds of thousands of visitors into the park annually. Learn more…

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park provides exceptional access to wild places for visitors to recreate and experience solitude and outstanding scenic beauty. Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in the United States, and the extensive trail system bring visitors to the doorstep of a variety of wilderness-based recreational opportunities. Learn more…

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

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The Sand Creek Massacre occurred on November 29, 1864, when a 675-man force of Colorado U.S. Volunteer Cavalry attacked and destroyed a village of Cheyenne and Arapaho in southeastern Colorado Territory, killing and mutilating an estimated 230 Cheyenne and Arapahoe, about two-thirds of whom were women and children. The purpose of Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is to protect and preserve the landscape of the massacre site and interpret the associated cultural values to enhance public understanding of the massacre and assist in minimizing the chances of similar incidents in the future. Learn more…

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