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Resource Stewardship Strategies

A Resource Stewardship Strategy (RSS) is a park program plan. The purpose of a park RSS is to guide the NPS's long-term investment in resource stewardship. The RSS does so by recommending science- and scholarship-based comprehensive strategies designed to achieve and maintain the desired conditions of a park's natural and cultural resources, as established in its Foundation Document. The RSS is grounded on adequate science and scholarship. Furthermore, it serves as a link between the park Foundation and its strategic planning, where personnel and financial resources are allocated to implement resource stewardship activities.

The RSS process draws from park staff and other subject matter experts to represent reference conditions as objective measurable indicators, develop target values for the selected indicators that represent reference conditions, and design comprehensive strategies to achieve the those target values. All park program areas that affect the achievement and maintenance of desired natural and cultural resource conditions are addressed by the RSS. The RSS is neither a decision-making document nor does it seek to assess the full range of actions or alternatives that may be considered in subsequent decision-making. An expert review of the comprehensive strategies in a draft RSS serves to ensure the currency and consideration of this integrated scientific and scholarly information before the RSS is finalized.

Completed Reports

Alaska Region
Denali National Park

Intermountain Region
Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Midwest Region
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

National Capital Region
Catoctin Mountain Park
Monocacy National Battlefield

Pacific West Region
Point Reyes National Seashore
Pinnacles National Park

Last Updated: February 28, 2013