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Adams National Historical Park

Center for the State of the Parks: Park Assessments

Published October 2001


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The National Parks Conservation Association working in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation initiated the State of the Parks program to assess the condition of natural and cultural resources in the parks. Through a series of reports, the program incorporates objective information to assess the condition of resources, forecast the future condition of those resources, and determine how well equipped the Park Service is to protect them--its "conservation capacity."

This is the first time that such an assessment has been undertaken for the National Park System. As such, the approach is a work in progress. Comments on the program's initial direction and methods are welcome.

The goal is to provide information to help policymakers and the National Park Service improve conditions in our national parks and ensure a lasting legacy for future generations. Independent reviews indicate that a large part of the challenge to protecting park resources stems from a lack of scientific and scholarly information. Without sound information that can be used to identify problems and potential solutions, it is not likely that funding and administrative policies will change. 

Adams National Historical Park, the subject of this report, preserves the homes and grounds of one of the country's most distinguished families, and it exemplifies the pressures and problems facing many of the national treasures that comprise the National Park System.

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