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About us

Following the establishment of the National Park in 1954, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority became an independent body, within the framework of local government, in 1997. We provide some services similar to those provided elsewhere by district and county councils. For example, we are the local planning authority. Most of the things we do, however, are particular to national park authorities.

Our purposes

Our role is clearly defined in Parliament by our two statutory purposes. These are:

  • to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park
  • to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area by the public.

In pursuing these purposes, we are also required:

  • to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the National Park.

To sum up, we are here to protect and conserve the National Park and to help others to share in and enjoy it.

Forthcoming meetings

Find agendas and papers for our meetings here

Meet the Rangers

Find out about our team of Rangers, what they do and how to get in touch with them.

Meet the Members

Browse through our gallery of members and find out more about them.

Finance and open data

Find out what we spend, pay our senior staff, our assets and more.

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