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Geology of National Parks: National Park Service Support

Purpose:

To provide the National Parks of the U.S. with the geologic understanding they need to make informed land-use decisions.

Description:

Through partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), this project conducts geologic mapping studies within several National Parks. Projects are developed and selected jointly by the NPS and the USGS to merge the Earth science information needs of individual parks with the geologic mapping mission of the USGS. The resulting geologic data is made available in digital, as well as standard, formats that are needed for NPS land-use management, educational outreach, inventory, and monitoring of natural resources. Current efforts include: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Devils Tower National Monument, Grand Canyon National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, National Capital Region Parks (10), Parashant National Monument, and Pipe Springs National Monument.

Study Area:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

Cooperators/Collaborators/Clients:

Intermountain Natural History Association (UT), Hawaii Natural History Association, Lassen Volcanic National Park (CA), Navajo-Hopi Land Commission (AZ), Death Valley National Park (CA), Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (NJ,PA), Devils Tower National Monument (WY), Dinosaur National Monument (CO,UT), Golden Gate National Recreation Area (CA), Grand Canyon National Park (AZ), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Joshua Tree National Park Association (CA), Kaibab National Forest (AZ), Lake Mead National Recreation Area (AZ,NV), Mojave National Preserve (CA), Mount Rainier National Park (WA), Pipe Spring National Monument (AZ), Point Reyes National Seashore (CA), U.S. BLM/Arizona Strip Field Office, U.S.D.A./Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. NPS Geologic Resources, U.S. NPS Natural Resource Inventory & Monitoring Program, U.S. National Park Service Water Resources, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve (AK), Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)

Project Status:

Past NCGMP Funding

Project Duration:

1995-2007

Duration of NCGMP Funding:

1995-2005


Contact Information:

Project Chief: Benita L. Murchey-Setnicker (Western Earth Surface Processes Team)
E-mail: bmurchey@usgs.gov
Phone: 650-329-4926

Related Links:

Project Website: http://wrgis.wr.usgs.gov/docs/wgmt/parks/, http://geology.wr.usgs.gov/docs/usgsnps/project
 
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