|2004 Performance Management Report
Table of Contents
|Introduction & The Pathway to the Seventh Generation|
This report is the biennial status of performance outcomes and measures for the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
|Performance Management System|
The Performance Management System diagrams the department’s core business activities that are derived from the mission and represent the unique functions the Department. Following each core program is a desired outcome. Each outcome is assessed by a set of measures that together indicate the degree of success accomplished during each measurement period.
|Natural Resource Protection |
California State Parks is the steward of some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. With the role of stewardship comes the responsibility to preserve, and when necessary restore, these natural systems of state and national significance.
|Cultural Resource Protection|
Cultural resources include buildings and structures, historic landscapes, archaeological sites, artifacts, and documents that collectively represent California’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.
California State Parks is responsible for the care and maintenance of the many facilities under its stewardship. The condition and upkeep of the infrastructure leave a lasting impression on visitors to parks and protect the State’s assets for future generations to enjoy.
|Education and Interpretation|
Education and interpretation are essential to the achievement of the California State Parks mission. Interpretive and educational experiences add intrinsic value to the visitors’ experience in our parks. Simultaneously, the public gains knowledge, appreciation for and insight into California’s natural and cultural heritage, thereby leading to an understanding of the need to preserve the resources found both inside and outside of state parks.
More than 85 million people visit California State Parks each year. The Department employs over 800 peace officers to safeguard both visitors and the resources themselves. Rangers and lifeguards provide not only law enforcement and aquatic rescue services, they also provide public education through interpretation.
The Department’s mission and legislative charge state a mandate to provide high quality recreational opportunities and experiences for the public. Recreation surveys have consistently shown that Californians feel that outdoor recreation areas, services, and facilities are essential to their quality of life.