The National Park Service and Department of Energy have developed a draft Memorandum of Agreement (agreement) that will identify their respective roles and responsibilities in managing the park. This agreement is a high level starting point that allows the agencies to establish the park and identify how they will work together in the future. The agreement will govern roles and responsibilities, including provisions for enhanced public access, management, interpretation and historic preservation.
The agreement does not include details such as: park interpretive themes; how the NPS will staff the park; visitor center locations; or specifics about what places outside the Department of Energy properties will be included in the park. Those details will be determined in subsequent planning efforts. We are providing this draft agreement to the public so people can share their thoughts on how the how DOE and NPS should work together.
Next Steps - 2016 and beyond
In 2016, the National Park Service and Department of Energy will begin to work with the public, communities and other stakeholders to develop more detailed plans that will guide park management and start to define the park's purpose, significance, fundamental resources and values, and interpretive themes as well as identify any additional sites that should be included in the park.
Beyond 2016, NPS and DOE will continue to work with the public, communities and other stakeholders to develop any additional plans that may be needed to fully implement the park. These plans will deal with visitor use, park facilities, locations of park visitor centers, and other properties that could be included in the park.
Further information about the Manhattan Project can be found at:
The First Step - A Memorandum of Agreement