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The Social Science Program (SSP) conducts and promotes economic research to support the sound management, preservation, and valuation of our national park resources. SSP staff provide economic expertise and technical assistance to parks and programs on a broad array of NPS activities and issues. Efforts focus on estimating the economic benefits associated with the preservation and enjoyment of NPS natural and cultural resources, estimating the economic contribution of NPS visitor spending effects in local gateway communities, and ensuring Service-wide consistency for required economic analyses associated with regulatory rulemaking, damage assessments, and environmental compliance.

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Visitor Spending Effects


Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. This interactive tool displays results from the Visitor Spending Effects report series on the annual economic contributions of NPS visitor spending to local, state, and national economies. Learn more...

Carbon Sequestration

Carbon Sequestration

This report quantifies the economic value of the benefits of climate regulation resulting from terrestrial carbon sequestration within NPS units in the contiguous United States. Carbon sequestration is one of many ecosystem services provided by National Park Service lands. Learn more...

Assessing Socioeconomic Planning Needs (ASPN)


ASPN is a web-based decision tool designed to assist land management planning efforts with: identifying stakeholder groups that may be impacted; prioritizing the social and economic issues that may need to be addressed; and highlighting the range of applicable social and economic methods and analyses available to address these issues. NPS staff and contractors can access ASPN by clicking on 'Request ASPN Account' on the ASPN homepage. Learn more...

Last Updated: April 21, 2015