As it prepares to celebrate the 106th anniversary of its establishment, the National Park Service (NPS) faces new challenges in land acquisition and management. NPS is responsible for protecting existing national parks and monuments and those yet to be formally established as well as for protecting lands outside the Federal footprint through financial assistance for non-Federal acquisitions, supported by NPS’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) and stewardship. Land acquisition is managed by the Lands Resource Division (LRD). Park units often have non-federally owned lands within their authorized boundaries. Acquisition of those lands and interests in land is often necessary and appropriate to protect and manage park resources. When acquisition is not necessary or appropriate, the Service must consider and pursue cost-effective alternatives. A project report is due June 2023.
The study will include:
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