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Natural Resource Programs

Four scientists take samples from a captured Florida panther.
The Big Cypress National Preserve Florida panther capture team handles an anesthetized panther in February 2011. Photo copyright Ralph Arwood.

The natural resource program in the National Park Service operates on park, regional, network, and servicewide levels. This section describes natural resources programs and FY 2011 highlights. More detailed accomplishments representative of the many natural resource activities across the National Park System can be found in the Accomplishments section of this website (and in Chapters 3 and 4 of the full report [PDF - 5.7MB]).

The work of the natural resource programs contributes directly to the Call to Action goals of preserving America's special places by managing the natural and cultural resources of the National Park System to increase resilience in the face of climate change and other stressors; cultivating excellence in science and scholarship as a foundation for park planning, policy, decision making, and education; achieving a standard of excellence in cultural and natural resource stewardship that serves as a model throughout the world; and collaborating with other land managers and partners to create, restore, and maintain landscape-scale connectivity. In addition, some activities address the remaining Call to Action themes of connecting people to parks, advancing the education mission, and enhancing professional excellence. Where programs contribute to a specific action, that item is identified in the text.

Last Updated: June 18, 2012