The National Park is administered by an Authority of 25 members. The membership of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is set out in legislation (Environment Act 1995). 15 are appointed from the local County Councils (North Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria) and District Councils (Eden, Craven, Richmondshire, Lancaster City and South Lakeland)10 appointed by the Secretary of State Of these 10, six are ‘national’ appointments, in recognition of the national status of the area, and four represent the parishes in the National Park. Further details of the ‘types’ of Members is provided on the ‘How to become a Member page’. Role of Members The overall role of the 25 Members is to ensure the Authority fulfills National Park Purposes and does so in a way that best reflects the special qualities of the Park. They have a duty to achieve the efficient, effective and accountable governance of the organisation in the best interests of the National Park, and to provide leadership, scrutiny and direction in pursuing the aim of sustainable development – balancing and integrating the environment, social and economic considerations.