President Woodrow Wilson signed the "Organic Act"
on August 25, 1916 (39 Stat. F35).
Title 16 — Conservation
Chapter 1 — NAtional PArks, Military Parks, Monuments,
Subchapter 1 — National Parks Service
Sec. 1. Service created; director; other employees
There is created in the Department of the Interior a service
to be called the National Park Service, which shall be under
the charge of a director. The Secretary of the Interior shall
appoint the director, and there shall also be in said service
such subordinate officers, clerks, and employees as may be appropriated
for by Congress. The service thus established shall promote
and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national
parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified, except
such as are under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Army,
as provided by law, by such means and measures as conform to
the fundamental purpose of the said parks, monuments, and reservations,
which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and
historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for
the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as
will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.
(U.S.C., title 16, sec. 1.)