State of the Park Report
Sound planning is based on good evidence, identifying what we know, and also what we do not yet understand.This publication brings together for the first time all our current knowledge about the Cairngorms National Park and has
informed development of our first National Park Plan. It covers all aspects of life in the Park, from its habitats and species, through to the characteristics of local communities, the local economy and outdoor recreation.
This is an important publication, not only for the Cairngorms National Park Authority as we seek to co-ordinate the
management of the Park for the nation, but also for anyone with an interest in the Park. It is a first step in gaining a more complete picture of just why this part of Scotland is so important.
From this basis, we can now begin to fill some of the gaps in our knowledge that it has highlighted; so that when we come to review our Park Plan in five years, we can do so on the basis of an increased understanding of the Park.