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General Information About the National Park Service

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  • Purpose: The mission of the National Park Service is to "...preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations."
  • the land in its original state.
  • Federal Department: Interior
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  • Manages 39% of the acreage within National Wilderness Preservation System.
  • Uses 50 administrative units to manage 61 designated wilderness areas.

Wilderness Areas in the National Park System