The purposes of the Dartmoor National Park Authority are to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park; and to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the area's special qualities by the public.
Careful management is needed to ensure that these purposes do not conflict with each other. Your first contact with a National Park employee whilst visiting Dartmoor might well be by meeting one of our community based Rangers. Their key role on a daily basis is providing a vital communications link between the Authority, local residents and visitors.
The Authority employs specialists in ecology, woodlands, archaeology, historic buildings, information and interpretation as well as planners and administrators. They are supported by seasonal information assistants, guides, voluntary wardens and other volunteers engaged in practical work. We all need to act with Moor Care to safeguard Dartmoor for the future. The National Park Authority relies on the co-operation of all who live, work and visit Dartmoor to help safeguard its special qualities for the present and future generations.
The Dartmoor National Park Management Plan sets out goals and actions to achieve these goals, through the work of partner organisations, communities and other agencies.