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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park Andersonville National Historic Site Big Hole National Battlefield Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Cabrillo National Monument Cape Hatteras National Seashore Catoctin Mountain Park Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve Curecanti National Recreation Area Denali National Park & Preserve Devils Postpile National Monument De Soto National Memorial Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Horseshoe Bend National Military Park John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Kaluapapa National Historic Site Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Lake Clark National Park & Preserve Martin Van Buren National Historic Site Maggie L Walker National Historic Site Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Natchez Trace Parkway Ocmulgee National Monument Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Palo Alto Battlefield NHP Richmond National Battlefield Park Salem Maritime National Historic Site Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site Shiloh National Military Park Valley Forge National Historical Park Zion National Park

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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De Soto National Memorial

Report cover for De Soto National Memorial

De Soto National Memorial commemorates Conquistador Hernando de Soto's landing in Florida in 1539 and the first large-scale European exploration of what is now the southeastern portion of the United States, with its overwhelming impact on the course of North American history. Learn more…

Denali National Park & Preserve

Report cover for Denali National Park & Preserve

Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await. Learn more…

Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Report cover for Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Lake Clark National Park is a land of stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes, and local people and culture still depend on the land and water of their home. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness. 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…

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