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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 Cape Lookout 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 Fort Raleigh National Historic Site 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 Little River Canyon National 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 Sitka National Historical Park Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve. Photo courtesy of T.K. Reynolds Valley Forge National Historical Park Wright Brothers National Memorial Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve 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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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…

Little River Canyon National Preserve

Report cover for Little River Canyon National Preserve

Located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Little River Canyon National Preserve is home to a unique landscape of forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs. The landscape contains diverse natural resources, provides a variety of settings for recreational activities, and has a rich cultural heritage. Learn more…

Sitka National Historical Site

Report cover for Sitka National Historical Park

Sitka National Historical Park preserves the site of a battle between invading Russian traders and indigenous Kiks.ádi Tlingit. Park visitors are awed by Tlingit and Haida totem poles standing along the park's scenic coastal trail, and the restored Russian Bishop's House speaks of Russia's little known colonial legacy in North America. Learn more…

Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

Report cover for Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve was established to protect the natural ecology of over 46,000 acres of lands and waters and over 6,000 years of human history along the St. Johns and Nassau rivers in northeast Florida. Located within the preserve, Fort Caroline National Memorial commemorates the French Colony of la Caroline. Founded in 1564, the colony was the outpost of Huguenot settlers who sought religious freedom, territorial expansion, and wealth in the New World. Learn more…

Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve

Report cover for Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve

The largest national park in the system, Wrangell-St. Elias includes the greatest assemblage of mountain peaks over 14,500 feet in elevation found in the nation, the nation's second highest mountain (Mount St. Elias, at 18,008 feet), several inactive volcanoes and one active volcano (Mount Wrangell), and an active glacial complex, including some of the largest and longest glaciers in the nation. 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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