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National Parks Omnibus Management Act

Recognizing the ever-increasing societal pressures being placed upon America's unique natural and cultural resources contained in the national park system, the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998 attempts to improve the ability of the National Park Service to provide state-of-the-art management, protection, and interpretation of and research on the resources of the national park system by:

  • assuring that management of units of the national park system is enhanced by the availability and utilization of a broad program of the highest quality science and information;
  • authorizing the establishment of cooperative agreements with colleges and universities, including but not limited to land grant schools, in partnership with other federal and state agencies, to establish cooperative study units to conduct multi-disciplinary research and develop integrated information products on the resources of the national park system, or the larger region of which parks are a part;
  • undertaking a program of inventory and monitoring of national park system resources to establish baseline information and to provide information on the long-term trends in the condition of national park system resources; and
  • taking such measures as are necessary to ensure the full and proper utilization of the results of scientific study for park management decisions. In each case in which an action undertaken by the National Park Service may cause a significant adverse effect on a park resource, the administrative record shall reflect the manner in which unit resource studies have been considered. The trend in the condition of resources of the national park system shall be a significant factor in the annual performance.

Last Updated: March 02, 2012