Two New National Park Units in One Week!

Less than a week ago, President Obama used the Antiquities Act to establish the Fort Monroe National Monument and today the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar designated Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park.  Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park marks the 397th National Park in the NPS system.  This National Historic Park is located in Paterson, New Jersey and was a center for early industry in the United States. The falls themselves are 77 feet tall and located on the Passaic River. Historically, the falls were used for water-based power during the Industrial Revolution. The Great Falls powered cotton mills, the locomotive industry, and the silk spinning industry (to name just a few).

Paterson Great Falls on the Passaic River, New Jersey

In the coming months, the National Park Service will begin working on the General Management Plan for the Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park.  The NPS will work closely with the town of Paterson as well as other stakeholders to ensure that the park is managed in a responsible manner.  Public open houses will also be held in Paterson during the month of November to receive public input on the management of this new historic park.


Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park

Live feed of Paterson Great Falls

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About Ashley D

I am a perpetual student who mixes work with pleasure by studying the impacts of recreation on the environment. I am slowing migrating west – from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin to Utah. I am most comfortable in the outdoors and only indoors if there is a good book or knitting in my hands. I cannot cook as well as I can bake. I really like chocolate and peanut butter – especially when paired - and a nice glass of red wine is guaranteed to makes me smile.
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4 Responses to Two New National Park Units in One Week!

  1. Reina says:

    Hi Ashley,

    I love the picture of Paterson Great Falls in your blog. Do you have any information about the photographer or where you found it? I write a newsletter about national parks in the Northeast and would love to feature this photo.

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