Results and Accomplishments
The National Park Service and California State Parks have been collaborating under terms of a master cooperative management agreement since 1994. The collaboration has resulted in increased operational efficiency, reduced costs to both agencies, and improved services to the public. Improvements are exemplified by the Redwood National and State Parks, now an integrated National/State park under a single name, with coordinated management and shared park operations. For example, because of the partnership, central maintenance facilities that needed to be moved because of seismic instability were located on state park lands. Joint operations have also allowed shared interpretation, law enforcement and emergency response, and shared maintenance equipment, crews, and expertise.
Other park clusters throughout California have reaped similar advantages. A third five-year agreement has recently been signed.