National Park Quiz 51: Administrivia
1. True or false? The Department of Interior official who directly oversees the operation of the National Park Service is the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
2. True or false? The National Park Service document that provides guidance to park Superintendents and other officials in the field is called Administrative Policies.
3. True or false? The National Park Service administers more than 25,000 historic structures.
4. True or false? The Organic Act of 1916 stipulated that a national park must have an approved General Management Plan before it can be opened for public use.
5. True or false? A National Park Service employee stationed with the Washington Office has the job title Assistant to the Chief Special Assistant, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
6. True or false? The National Park Service publishes and periodically updates a set of regulations and requirements called the Superintendent’s Compendium which applies to all units in the National Park System.
7. True or false? National Park Service officials who are Senior Executive Service members occupy positions in the agency that require appointment by the President with Senate confirmation.
8. True or false? There is no Federal law stipulating that the National Park Service must administer every National Park System unit .
9. True or false? Each of the four-letter alpha codes that identify National Park System units refers to a different National Park System unit.
10. True or false? In National Park Service budget lingo, ONPS stands for Office of the National Park Service.
Extra Credit Question:
11. Tell what is missing from the following sequence: Anchorage; Denver; Washington, DC; Philadelphia; Oakland; Atlanta.
Super Bonus Question:
12. Administrators need to know the names of the properties they are administering. What name did Congress give to the tract of land described in the 1872 legislation that created the world’s first national park?
(1) True. Incidentally, this is one of those high-level positions requiring a presidential appointment with Senate confirmation.
(2) False. This very important document is called Management Policies.
(3) True. According to the 2008 Director's Report, the National Park Service is responsible for managing around 27,000 historic structures.
(4) False. The Organic Act contained no stipulation like this, nor is any such requirement in effect today. Many National Park System units have operated for years without an approved GMP. Acadia National Park, for example, had already existed for three-quarters of a century (initially as Sieur de Monts National Monument) when it got its first approved General Management Plan in 1992.
(5) False. However, there is a WASO-assigned National Park Service employee whose job title is Special Assistant, Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks. There is also a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
(6) False. The Superintendent’s Compendium spells out various special designations, closures, public use limits, permit requirements, and other restrictions pertaining to a specified National Park System unit. The restrictions/constraints are imposed under the Superintendent’s discretionary authority.
(7) False. However, members of the Senior Executive Service do occupy key positions just below the Presidential appointees. (Conceptually, these SES members are the main link between the presidential appointees and the agency work force.) Several SES members administer major national parks.
(8) True. There are several National Park System units that are not managed by the National Park Service. Louisiana’s Poverty Point National Monument, which has no federal facilities and no federally owned land, is administered by Poverty Point State Park. Washington's Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve is managed by the Trust Board of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve.
(9) False. Well, almost true. One National Park System unit, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, has two four-letter alpha codes – one for the Seattle component (KLSE) and one for the Skagway component (KLGO). Give yourself a bonus point if you knew that each of this park's components also has its own superintendent.
(10) False. There is no such thing as an “Office of the National Park Service.” In National Park Service budget lingo, ONPS simply stands for Operation of the National Park Service.
(11) The missing city is Omaha. Like the six cities in the list, Omaha is home to a National Park Service Regional Office – the one for the Midwest Region, to put a finer point on it.
(12) Believe it or not, the Act of Dedication dated March 1, 1872, refers to the specified tract of land as a “public park” but does not give it an official name! (See for yourself at this site. ) The claims that the National Park System unit we now call Yellowstone National Park was initially designated Yellowstone Forest Reserve or Yellowstone Timberland Reserve are all unfounded.
Grading: 9 or 10 correct, rest on your laurels; 7 or 8 correct, pretty darn good; 6 correct, passable fair; 5 or fewer correct, nothing to brag about.