National Park Service

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The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency of the United States federal government within the U.S. Department of the Interior that manages all national parks, most national monuments, and other natural, historical, and recreational properties with various title designations.[3] The U.S. Congress created the agency on August 25, 1916, through the National Park Service Organic Act.[4] It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., within the main headquarters of the Department of the Interior.

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National Park Service
National Park Service arrowhead insignia
Guidon of the National Park Service
Agency overview
FormedAugust 25, 1916; 106 years ago (1916-08-25)
JurisdictionUnited States government
EmployeesApprox. 20,000 (2022)[1] (279,000 volunteers in 2019)[1]
Annual budget$3.265 billion (FY2022)[2]
Agency executive
Parent departmentDepartment of the Interior

The NPS employs approximately 20,000 people in 424 individual units covering over 85 million acres in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories.[5][6][7] As of 2019, they had more than 279,000 volunteers.[7] The agency is charged with a dual role of preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment.