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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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Cape Krusenstern National Monument

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Above the Arctic Circle, Cape Krusenstern National Monument is comprised of more than 650,000 acres of land and water. The park preserves a landscape supporting dynamic processes of coastal erosion, accretion, and aggradation in an arctic environment as exemplified by the formation of over 100 beach ridges containing a 5,000 year record of sequential human use. Learn more…

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…

Kings Mountain National Military Park

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Kings Mountain National Military Park commemorates an important American victory on October 7, 1780 that changed the course of the Revolutionary War. The Patriot victory at Kings Mountain temporarily halted the advance of a British army northward into North Carolina and was the first in a string of British defeats that culminated in the October 1781 surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. Learn more…

Kobuk Valley National Park

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In northwestern Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, Kobuk Valley contains more than 1,750,000 acres of road-less land and water. The park covers a broad, wetland-dominated valley along the Kobuk River on the western end of the Brooks Range. The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes are the largest active Arctic dune field in North America. Learn more…

Noatak National Preserve

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Noatak National Preserve is located northeast of the town of Kotzebue and above the Arctic Circle, at the western end of the Brooks Range and in the Baird Mountains. The preserve contains more than 6.5 million acres of land and water, including boreal forest and vast tundra. The Noatak River system is considered the last remaining complete river system in the United States that has not been altered by human activities. Learn more…

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

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Located in eastern Alaska, along the Canadian border, Yukon-Charley preserves 2.5 million acres, including 115 miles along the Yukon River, and the entire Charley River basin, a tributary to the Yukon. Gold miners flocked to the area for the Klondike and Nome gold rushes during the late-1800s, inspiring Jack London's stories. There are no roads in the preserve—travel is primarily by small aircraft, river boat, snow machine, and dog sled. Learn more…

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