NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
table of contents Mission Statement
Letter from Director Jon Jarvis
A Call to Action
Second Century Goals
Year in Review
Celebrating Our Diversity and Unity
The Path Ahead
our mission 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.
America’s National Park System is a gift from past generations to this and succeeding generations,” said Jarvis. “And while the challenges we face today-like climate change, shrinking open space, habitat destruction, nonnative species, and air and water pollution-could not have been imagined when this agency was established in 1916, our mission remains the same: to preserve this nation’s natural and cultural heritage, unimpaired for the enjoyment of this and future generations.” Jonathan B. Jarvis began his career with the National Park Service in 1976 as a seasonal interpreter in Washington, D.C. Today, he manages that agency whose mission is to preserve America’s most treasured landscapes and cultural icons. Jarvis’s 37-year career has taken him from ranger to resource management specialist to park biologist to superintendent of parks such as Craters of the Moon, North Cascades, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Mount Rainier. Before being confirmed as the 18th Director of the National Park Service on September 24, 2009, Jarvis served as regional director of the bureau’s Pacific West Region. Today, he is responsible for overseeing an agency with more than 22,000 employees, a $3 billion budget, and 401national parks that attract more than 280 million visitors every year who generate $30 billion in economic benefit across the nation. The National Park Service brings the park idea to virtually every county in America. Grants from the Land and Water Conservation and Historic Preservation Fund help communities preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Since 1976, the Service’s tax credit program has leveraged more than $60 billion in private investment in historic preservation to help revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods across the country. 7
advancing the NPS mission
connecting people to parks
marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Serviceâ€”a defining moment that offers an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our accomplishments as we prepare for a new century of stewardship and engagement. On August 25, 2006 â€“ the 90th anniversary of the National Park Service â€“ Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne launched the National Park Centennial Initiative to prepare national parks for another century of conservation, preservation and enjoyment. Since then the National Park Service asked citizens, park partners, experts and other stakeholders to help shape the five centennial goals. 88
preserving Americaâ€™s special places
in our second century the National Park Service must
recommit to exemplary stewardship and public enjoyment of these places. We must promote the contributions that national parks and our community assistance programs make to create jobs, strengthen local economies, and support ecosystem services. We must strategically integrate our mission across parks and programs and use their collective power to leverage resources and expand our contributions to society.
enhancing professional and organizational excellence
A CALL TO ACTION charts a path toward that second century vision by asking our employees and partners to commit to concrete actions that advance the mission of the Service. 1 0
EXPAND the use of parks as places for healthy outdoor recreation that contributes to people’s physical, mental, and social wellbeing. WELCOME and engage diverse communities through culturally relevant park stories and experiences that are accessible to all.
CULTIVATE excellence in science and scholarship as a foundation for park planning, policy, decision making, and education. ACHIEVE a standard of excellence in cultural and natural resource Stewardship that serves as a model throughout the world. COLLABORATE with other land managers and partners to create, restore, and maintain landscapescale connectivity.
DEVELOP and recruit NPS leaders at all levels with the skills to lead change, collaborate with partners, ensure employee safety, and seek new ways to accomplish goals.
enhancing professional and organizational excellence
COLLABORATE with partners and education institutions to expand NPS education programs and the use of parks as places of learning.
CONNECT urban communities to parks, trails, waterways, and community green spaces that give people access to fun outdoor experiences close to home.
MANAGE the natural and cultural resources of the National Park System to increase resilience in the face of climate change and Other stressors.
preserving america’s special places
USE leading-edge technologies and social media to effectively communicate with and capture the interest of the public.
DEVELOP and nurture lifelong connections between the public and Parks—especially for young people—through a continuum of engaging recreational, educational, volunteer, and work experiences.
connecting people to parks
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STRENGTHEN the Service as an education institution and parks as places of learning that develop American values, civic engagement, and citizen stewardship.
BUILD a more flexible and adaptive organization with a culture that encourages innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. RECRUIT and retain a workforce that reflects the diversity of the nation, from entry level employees to senior leaders. MODERNIZE and streamline NPS business systems and use leading edge technology to enhance communication.
Top 10 most visited national parks
Visitor Spending Jobs Created
Number of national park units
Number of permanent employees
Acres managed by the national park service including units in the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
273,630,895 Number of recreational visits
Number of volunteers in parks
2012 enacted budget 13
“As we Americans celebrate our diversity, so we must affirm our unity if we are to remain the ‘one nation’ to which we pledge allegiance. Such great national symbols and meccas as the Liberty Bell, the battlefields on which our independence was won and our union preserved, the Lincoln Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and numerous other treasures of our national park system belong to all of us, both legally and spiritually. These tangible evidences of our cultural and natural heritage help make us all Americans.” Edwin C. Bearss, NPS Chief Historian, 1981-1994 1 4
the path ahead 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Serviceâ€”a defining moment that offers an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our accomplishments as we prepare for a new century of stewardship and engagement. America has changed dramatically since the birth of the National Park Service in 1916. The roots of the National Park Service lie in the parksâ€™ majestic, often isolated natural wonders and in places that exemplify our cultural heritage, but our reach now extends to places difficult to imagine 100 years agoâ€”into urban centers, across rural landscapes, deep within oceans, and across night skies. In our second century, the National Park Service must recommit to exemplary stewardship and public enjoyment of these places. We must promote the contributions that national parks and our community assistance programs make to create jobs, strengthen local economies, and support ecosystem services. We must strategically integrate our mission across parks and programs and use their collective power to leverage resources and expand our contributions to society. We look forward to working with our partners to answer the call.