Connecting and Conserving Landscapes (Cultural)
- Develop policies that help to define the relationship between NPS and National Heritage Areas. Partners and partnerships need resources to help conserve cultural landscapes.
- Develop job corps projects similar to one founded at Essex National Heritage Area, volunteer program created in the community for youth that led to long-term park connections and interest in working as an NPS ranger.
- Heritage areas are a phenomenal tool for the Park Service to use in the next 100 years. Community based partnership can help attract new and diverse audience to the Park Service.
- Heritage Area’s are public private partnerships and are essential for accomplishing goals of the Park Service in the next 100 years. Partnerships are a two-way street, they need to work for both parties. This will take education within the Park Service’s organizational structure to adapt to the more flexible structure of the National Heritage Area partnership model.
- American Indian involvement enriches and sells national parks. There is no difference to American Indians between natural resources and cultural resources. Natural resources are cultural resources. Virtually every park protected with natural areas can be interpreted as cultural resource.
- American Indian history dates back at least 18,000 years, yet none of the tribes in the Chesapeake Bay area are federally recognized. The story of the ‘others’ needs to be told through the Park Service.
- Create National Heritage Ambassadors – people who live the cultures of the Heritage Area, give the living culture to the American people. The Park Service attitude should be more service oriented.
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What Do You Think?
Help us shape an action plan for the national parks’ second century. Please let us know whether we captured the right actions from the summit discussions and whether any are missing. Also please indicate which actions are of the highest priority and which actions the group you represent is willing to take on as a priority.
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