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There are 5 Files for this series in AAD :
National Natural Landmarks (NNL) File, 1962 - 2001 (info) Search
Landowner File, 1962 - 2001 (info) Search
Parcel File, 1962 - 2001 (info) Search
Natural History Study File, 1962 - 2001 (info) Search
Resource Issues File, 1962 - 2001 (info) Search
Title: Records About National Natural Landmarks, created, 1/12/1982 - 5/2004, documenting the period 1962 - 2001
Creator: Department of the Interior. National Park Service. Office of the Associate Director for Cultural Resources. Interagency Resources Division. (ca. 1987 - ca. 1996) (Predecessor)
Department of the Interior. National Park Service. Office of the Associate Director for Natural Resources. Wildlife and Vegetation Division. (ca. 1996 - ca. 2001) (Predecessor)
Department of the Interior. National Park Service. Office of the Associate Director for Science and Technology. Natural Landmarks Division. (1982 - ca. 1987) (Predecessor)
Department of the Interior. National Park Service. Office of the Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science. Natural Resource Information Division. (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Data Files
Textual Records
Level of Description: Series from Record Group 79: Records of the National Park Service
Other Titles: Natural Landmarks System (NLS)
Location: National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records, National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001. PHONE: 301-837-0470; FAX: 301-837-3681; EMAIL: cer@nara.gov
Inclusive Dates: 1/12/1982 - 5/2004
Coverage Dates: 1962 - 2001
Date Note: The agency created and used these records from 1982 to 2004. The dates when sites were first proposed as landmarks range from 1962 to 2001. Data files in this series are available for 1996, 2002, and 2004.
Part of: Record Group 79: Records of the National Park Service
Function and Use: The agency created this system as a management tool to monitor the status of the sites and to conduct analyses. Until 1987, these records were maintained by the Natural Landmarks Division of the Office of the Associate Director for Science and Technology. They were then maintained until 1996, by the Interagency Resources Division of the Office of the Associate Director for Cultural Resources. The records were then maintained until 2001, by the Wildlife and Vegetation Division of the Office of the Associate Director for Natural Resources. The Natural Resource Information Division of the Office of the Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science assumed responsibility for them the following year.
Scope & Content Note: This series contains data on ecological and geological sites designated as National Natural Landmarks or sites that have been identified as having the potential to be natural monuments. Both the designated and proposed sites are considered the best examples of biological and geological features in both public and private ownership. A small percentage of these locations have been designated as Natural Landmarks, and only a few of these are part of a national park. The records identify the natural landmark's name, state and county, size, the agency's steps in securing designation, and the dates of actions. Other files contain information about the development of natural history studies, landowners, resource issues, and agency correspondence. The 2004 version of the data contains the same data as the 2002 version, with changes made to comply with 36 CFR Part 62, National Natural Landmarks Program, Final Rule of May 12, 1999.
Access Restrictions: Restricted - Partly. FOIA (b)(6) Personal Information. This series includes partially restricted files. A public use version of the two restricted files is available for researchers.
General Note: The name of the system that produced these records was the Natural Landmarks System. Its acronym "NLS" is used by both the agency and NARA when referring to the series and its contents.
The landowner name and address variables are masked if the owners are private persons but are not masked for institutional or government landowners.
Finding Aid Type: Technical Information
Finding Aid Source: NARA and National Park Service
Extent: 29 data files, 6 electronic documentation files, and 5 linear inches of paper documentation
Index Terms
  Subjects Represented in the Archival Material
    Ecology
Geology
National parks and reserves
Natural monuments

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001
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