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NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 1999

Contact: Jeff Selleck
303.969.2147
303.969.2822 (fax)
jeff_selleck@nps.gov


Natural Resource Year in Review--1998
REPORT SUMMARIZES SIGNIFICANT ISSUES AND TRENDS IN PARKS

National Park Service (NPS) Associate Director for Natural Resource
Stewardship and Science Mike Soukup announced the availability of the report
Natural
Resource Year in Review-1998. Now in its third year, the Year in Review
summarizes and analyzes significant natural resource preservation issues and
trends in the national park system for the calendar year. Applied science
and
resource management stories are reviewed with the objective of increasing
interest in, understanding of, and support for the natural resource
stewardship and science role of the National Park Service.

"This report provides an enjoyable and succinct overview of the state of
natural resource management in the national park system during 1998," Soukup
said.
"Readers will find annual achievements, both natural and social science
highlights, and ample testimony to the complexity of managing national parks
in modern landscapes. In documenting the year's events, the Year in Review
describes many of the challenges we face and the course we are charting to
deal with them." Presented as a magazine, the report synthesizes diffuse
information and brings it together in one location to paint a picture of the
calendar
year.

The Year in Review is organized in seven chapters that address: (1) the
broad
spectrum of challenges to natural resource preservation in parks today; (2)
the scientific role of the National Park Service in monitoring the condition
of
park natural resources; (3) the invaluable contributions of partners in
providing
research, technical expertise, and other resources for application in park
management; (4) disturbances to natural resources in parks; (5) restoration
of
those resources; (6) the development and use of legal, administrative, and
technological tools in attacking resource management problems; and (7) the
relationship of public education to a successful natural resource management
program. More than 50 brief stories and 35 factoids are featured, discussing
both national and park-specific issues. Examples are:

* monitoring the perilous decline of white abalone in Channel Islands
National
Park (CA)
* preparing to regulate personal watercraft use in units of the national
park
system
* using science to reveal sources of beach trash at Padre Island National
Seashore (TX)
* assessing grizzly bear population trends through noninvasive sampling at
Glacier National Park (MT)
* vegetation recovery following the 1998 fires at Yellowstone National Park
(WY, MT, ID)
* mitigating the impacts from 3-D seismic oil exploration at Jean Lafitte
National Historical Park (LA)
* building momentum for a natural resource initiative for the National Park
Service
* employing social science surveys to answer important park management
questions
* measuring sound levels and protecting the natural soundscape in south
Florida parks
* restoring wildlife and wetlands at several units of the national park
system
* mapping river flow velocity and depth using Doppler technology on the
Colorado Plateau
* increasing the protection of park coral reefs
* interpreting research results and natural resource management issues for
the
public

The Year in Review begins with an introduction by Associate Director Soukup
that puts the task of natural resource preservation in context with the
times and
agency mission. It concludes with an essay by the NPS Deputy Director who
shares his vision for resource stewardship in the parks in the 21st century.
Throughout, readers will also find updates on evolving issues featured in
earlier editions of this report and profiles of natural resource management
award winners.

The 80-page, two-color report contains approximately 90 photographs, four
maps, and three graphs.

The Year in Review will also be accessible on-line at
http://www2.nature.nps.gov/pubs/yir/yir98 in the near future.

Additional Science Information
Another good source of information on natural resource issues and the
application of research in the national park system is the resource
management
bulletin Park Science. Issued two or three times per year, this publication
reports recent and ongoing natural and social science research, its
implications for park management and planning, and its application in
everyday resource management in the parks. Technical in nature, Park Science
is edited for the
lay reader.

Articles consist of case studies (specific park-applied research and
resource
management project write-ups), feature stories (personalized reports on
research and its application in management or professional growth
experiences), and
short stories (brief articles of broad interest and applicability).
Repeating
columns include editorials, Information Crossfile (synopses of longer, often
scholarly
works relevant to resource managers), Meetings of Interest (a calendar of
upcoming conferences), book reviews, and Highlights from around the national
park system.

Recent stories have reported on the reproductive output of the desert
tortoise
in California desert parks; an ecosystem-based assessment of biodiversity
associated with eastern hemlock forests; pasteurizing human waste from
backcountry composting toilets; the availability of social science
information
on park visitor behavior and satisfaction; studying the barking frog in
southern Arizona; and watershed restoration at Whiskeytown National
Recreation Area.

Park Science is available on-line at http://www2.nature.nps.gov/parksci.

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Editor's Note: Both the Year in Review and Park Science may suggest resource
management topics that environmental and science reporters might wish to
investigate further in developing their own stories about natural resource
preservation and the application of science in the national park system.

A limited number of printed copies of the Year in Review and a recent issue
of
Park Science are available to the media. Contact the Natural Resource
Information Division by e-mail (jeff_selleck@nps.gov) or write Jeff Selleck;
National Park Service; WASO-INFO; P.O. Box 25287; Denver, CO 80225-0287 to
obtain a copy of either publication.