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NPS staff documenting sea turtle laying eggs
An NPS biologist documents a Kemp's ridley sea turtle laying eggs at Padre Island National Seashore, Texas. Kemp's ridley nesting is increasing; 117 nests were located at the park during 2011. NPS photo.

Parks form the core of the natural resource management effort. Scientists and resource managers practice the natural resource stewardship cycle of discovery, learning, understanding, sharing, protecting, restoring, and evaluating at park and regional scales. Thirty-six parks received base increases from the Challenge, which increased their capacity to deal with threats to natural resources (see Appendix A [PDF - 28KB] for natural resource funding in these parks). Regional programs also benefitted from the Challenge through the establishment of professional positions, such as aquatic and air resource specialists, that assist multiple parks with natural resource management issues at a local level.

Last Updated: May 08, 2012