National Park Service

From Open Energy Information

National Park Service is an organization based in Washington, District of Columbia: Energy Resources.

The National Park Service is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior and is led by a Director nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The Director is supported by senior executives who manage national programs, policy, and budget in the Washington, DC, headquarters and seven regional directors responsible for national park management and program implementation. Collectively, these executives make up our National Leadership Council.

The NPS was established by the Organic Act of August 25, 1916, to manage a newly created National Park System. National Park Service Organic Act, 54 U.S.C. §§ 100101 et seq.. The NPS has a dual mission of protecting the park system and assisting NPS partners, which is reflected in the NPS’s involvement in FERC hydropower proceedings. The NPS mission states that: “NPS 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 NPS cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.” NPS Mission.

The NPS by the numbers:

  • $48,000,000,000 incentivized in private historic preservation investment
  • 11,700,000,000 visitors
  • $5,409,252,508 in preservation and outdoor recreation grants awarded
  • $2,750,000,000 annual budget
  • 121,603,193 objects in museum collections
  • 97,417,260 volunteer hours
  • 84,000,000 acres of land
  • 4,502,644 acres of oceans, lakes, reservoirs
  • 2,482,104 volunteers
  • 218,000 jobs supported in gateway communities
  • 85,049 miles of perennial rivers and streams
  • 68,561 archeological sites
  • 43,162 miles of shoreline
  • 28,000 employees
  • 27,000 historic structures
  • 2,461 national historic landmarks
  • 582 national natural landmarks
  • 400 endangered species
  • 397 national parks
  • 40 national heritage areas
  • 1 mission: The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.


  1.  "National Park Service"
  2.  "NPS: About Us"

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