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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

Report cover for Big Hole National Battlefield

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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Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Report cover for Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras became the first national seashore in 1937. It was designated to preserve dynamic barrier islands and its unique vegetation, wildlife, and coastal processes, and to provide recreation and enjoyment for the public. Located within a day's drive of several urban centers, Cape Hatteras NS is a popular vacation destination that receives over two million visitors each year. Learn more…

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Report cover for Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is located on the north end of Roanoke Island, situated between the coastal mainland of northeastern North Carolina and Bodie Island, one of the barrier islands known as the Outer Banks. The park protects and preserves the site where English explorers attempted to create England's first colonial settlement in the New World (as well as the birthplace of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World), preserves archeological evidence of these efforts, and provides for ongoing archeological efforts to resolve the mystery of the Lost Colony of 1587. Learn more…

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

Report cover for Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site commemorates the life and work of the eighth president of the United States. After serving one term, Van Buren moved back to his native Kinderhook, New York, where he had purchased the house and farm, Lindenwald. Lindenwald reflected Van Buren's interest in progressive farming and his political beliefs, which emphasized the value of agriculture and free labor to the future of democracy. Learn more…

Natchez Trace Parkway

Report cover for Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway commemorates more than 10,000 years of travel along the Old Natchez Trace corridor and provides a 444-mile journey linking culture, nature, and history along one of the oldest transportation routes on the North American continent. The Parkway's uninterrupted corridor traverses approximately five degrees of latitude, includes seven major ecoregions, protects more than 2,600 species (some rare, threatened, and endangered), and preserves and restores historic landscape vegetation. Learn more…

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

Report cover for Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park preserves the sites of the opening battles of the U.S.-Mexican War, using historical information and perspectives of both nations to tell the story of the battles; the war; the related political, diplomatic, military, and social causes; and the lasting consequences. Learn more…

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Report cover for Wright Brothers National Memorial

Wright Brothers National Memorial commemorates two ingenious brothers from Dayton, Ohio who chose in 1900 the sparsely populated area known as the Outer Banks to conduct a series of experiments that three years later resulted in the world's first heavier than air, powered controlled flight. Learn more…

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