National Park Service

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The National Park Service is responsible for managing the conservation of and access to 59 national parks and hundreds of historically and culturally significant monuments, landmarks, and memorials throughout the United States. While the parks, wilderness, and recreation areas provide vital habitat for wildlife and ecosystems to flourish, the National Park Service regulates human access and usage based on location, economic conditions, social considerations, environmental sensitivity, and legislative mandates so that America’s federal lands are able to be enjoyed by both current and future generations.

Additionally, the National Park Service collaborates with other federal, state, local, and non-government agencies to provide educational resources and opportunities to experience responsible stewardship and conservation of the park resources for all visitors. As part of its management practices, the National Park Service partners with federal, state, local, and non-government partners to work toward common goals in human dimensions and conservation of public lands. Sharing technical expertise and scientific information allows for an integration of research findings to improve the park experience for everyone.


The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

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Gateway communities to National Parks generate a considerable amount of economic activity due to visitor spending. The appeal of recreational use on these public lands draws in visitors from around the world. FORT scientists used economic effects analysis to measure how spending by National Park Service visitor’s cycles through local gateway economies, generating business sales and supporting jobs and income. The report concludes by presenting estimates of NPS visitor spending in 2013 and resulting economic effects at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
This report shares the spending effects of visitors to National Parks in 2018. Additional Interactive tools are created to explore spending effects by state economies and individual park economies.
Worldwide, there are approximately 16,000 remote webcams in nature providing users with an opportunity to view wildlife without charge. In order to understand the monetary value of viewing these wildlife cameras, we examine variations in the vewers' oportunity cost of time to estimate consumer surplus.
16,000 natural resource remote web cameras provide users around the world with an opportunity to view wildlife. The web cameras are free to view, so we are left with evaluating viewer's opportunity cost of time to estimate the consumer surplus.
This document provides service-wide policy, guidance, and direction to all parks that are designing and implementing comprehensive natural resource inventory and monitoring (I&M) programs.
Part of a series in Conservation and Stewardship Publications, this handbook is a guide to engaging the full spectrum of Americans in the stewardship of our parks and special places. It assists the National Park Service managers and practitioners and their partners in developing programs that successfully connect diverse communities with their local national parks, and provides an assessment tool that identifies gaps in readiness and informs the development of an effective engagement strategy.
A how-to guide for effective printed materials compiled by the National Park Service as part of the Community Toolbox.
This study applies an adaptation of the standard model to estimate recreation benefits of bear viewing at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, which represents a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many visitors.
This survey is still being developed. Access over 100 OMB approved survey questions for visitor transportation studies, compare survey methods, and your project plans with this new collaborative tool set.