Dry Tortugas National Park (DTNP)

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Chapter 9. IMPLEMENTATION MECHANISM

Describe the mechanisms and programmes that are in place in regard to each of the following management tools in the nominated site (fill only the fields that are relevant for your site)


Management tools Existing Mechanisms and programmes in place Comments (if any)
Public awareness, education, and information dissemination programmes yes The DTNP has a web page at www.nps.gov/drto with background on natural and cultural resources and information on visiting the Park. DTNP adopted a Long Range Interpretive Plan in 2003 to communicate and interpret the cultural and natural resources of the Park to visitors and the public at large. DTNP provides presentations, tours and activities led by Park Rangers, visitor center exhibits and displays, and print and electronic media. DTNP and Everglades NP also co-sponsor exhibits with NOAA at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, Florida.
Capacity building of staff and management yes The Fundamentals training program introduces employees to the NPS' universal competencies, identified by the NPS leadership as critical in job success and in helping fulfill the National Park Service mission. The Natural Resource Career Academy, along with six others in the National Park Service, is currently being developed to provide a developmental pathway for employees to reach levels of proficiency within their career track based on the competencies of their positions.
Research, data storage, and analysis yes DTNP and South Florida Natural Resource Center staff compiles and analyzes scientific information from NPS and external sources. See http://www.nps.gov/ever/naturescience/sfnrc.htm The NPS South Florida/Caribbean Network (SFCN) obtains, maintains and analyzes inventories, maps and cartographic information, and monitoring data for DTNP and other National Park System Units in region, under standards of the NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program. Any entity conducting research activities in DTNP must first obtain a research permit from the Park. See http://www.nps.gov/ever/naturescience/sfnrc_permits.htm
Surveillance and enforcement yes DTNP works closely with the U.S. Coast Guard on surveillance and enforcement of U.S. maritime and immigration laws, and with NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and state of Florida on matters of concurrent jurisdiction.
Participation of exterior users yes DTNP works closely with the great number of government and non-government organizations and academic institutions with management roles or scholarly interest in studying DTNP and the wider Tortugas region.
Alternative and sustainable livelihoods yes Because of scarcity of resources at the remote island location, facilities and infrastructure at DTNP are designed to operate with minimal water and energy use.
Adaptative management yes See above descriptions of General Management Plan and Monitoring.