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The National Park Service is part of the Department of the Interior of the Federal government of the United States. The National Park Service looks after many natural landscapes and historic and archaeological places and buildings.

The office opened in 1916. The United States Secretary of the Interior appoints a director to head the office in Washington, D.C.

There are more than 400 areas in the National Park System. Of these, 59 are national parks.[1]


  1. Budget Justifications and Performance Information, Fiscal Year 2008, National Park Service

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