The Next Generation of America’s Parks: New Models and Opportunities
- A comprehensive National Park System plan that guides the expansion of the park system to make it more representative of America’s natural and cultural heritage and includes the input of non-governmental park advocates is a very high priority.
- Urban areas need more of a national parks and NPS presence. Of 20 major metropolitan areas in the country, the National Park Service has a presence in 18.
- There are major gaps in the park system’s current presentation of America’s stories. Only 3 percent of the national parks and national landmarks are related to women and diversity, and the entire middle section of the country is lacking in protected areas. A gap analysis is needed to address this lack of representation.
- National Heritage Areas are one model for addressing the gaps in cultural resources in the park system. One of the advantages of Heritage Areas is that it is not necessary for the Park Service to own the land.
- Tribes should be viewed as partners in managing national park units, and not as a special interest group.
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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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