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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park Andersonville National Historic Site Bering Land Bridge National Preserve 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 Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Horseshoe Bend National Military Park John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Kaluapapa National Historic Site Kenai Fjords National Park 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 Stones River National Battlefield 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

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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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Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

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Comprised of 2.7 million acres on the Seward Peninsula in northwest Alaska, Bering Land Bridge is one of the nation's most remote national park units. Established by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) on December 2, 1980, the preserve aims to protect a landscape that contains an invaluable record of flora and fauna, the history of human migration between Asia and North America, and an ongoing tradition of subsistence culture. Learn more…

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

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Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site commemorates and interprets the significant role of the fort as the preeminent fur trading post on the Upper Missouri River. The American Fur Company established Fort Union Trading Post in 1828. Many Native American tribes came to the fort to trade buffalo robes and other animal hides for a variety of globally-sourced trade goods. The trading post was an example of the possibility of peaceful economic and social interactions between very different cultures, the Euro-Americans and diverse Native American peoples. Learn more…

Kenai Fjords National Park

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Kenai Fjords National Park is a land dominated by glaciers, massive rivers of ice that flow out from the Harding Icefield. Today, nearly 51 percent of the park is covered by ice, but all of this land was once buried beneath the ice and still bears its influence. Kenai Fjords National Park provides opportunities to experience, understand, and appreciate the scenic and wild values of the Harding Icefield, outflowing glaciers, coastal fjords, and wildlife and to comprehend environmental change in a human context. Learn more…

Little River Canyon National Preserve

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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…

Stones River National Battlefield

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Stones River National Battlefield preserves and interprets the Civil War Battle of Stones River, which occurred over a three-day period from December 31, 1862, to January 2, 1863. It was waged over an area of approximately 4,000 acres west of Murfreesboro. In this battle, nearly 83,000 men fought, and more than 23,000 became casualties. Learn more…

Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

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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…

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