An article from the National Resource Journal written by Sara J. Morath

"If we don't reach out and become relevant to a broader population, we won't have the support the parks need to do their jobs in the future." Sally Jewel, Department of Interior Secretary

Conservation Biology is a relatively young field that is growing rapidly in response to the biodiversity crisis which is the most critical environmental issue in our lifetime

John Muir: Founder of an environmental organization, The Sierra Club, and initiator of the National Park System and Service

As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of the flood, storm, and avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.

Nature Deficit Disorder

It's easy to put the blame of nature deficit disorder on the parents' or the kids' backs, but they also need the help of urban planners, schools, libraries, and other community agents to find nature that's accessible



  1. Introduction
  2. The Organic Act: 100 Years of Adaption and Evolution
  3. Parks to the People 1.0: The First Urban National Parks
  4. Barriers to an Urban Mission
  5. Parks to the People 2.0: Urban Parks in the National Park Service's Second Century ---> (A), (A1), (B)
  6. Conclusion
  7. Epilogue
Though not necessarily a "crown jewel" of the National Park System....
A park, however splendid, has little appeal to a family that cannot reach it...The new conservation is built on a new promise- to bring parks closer to the people.
The National Park System is...incomplete in that it needs to grow to keep pace with the recreational needs of our ever-increasing population. If we don't grow the system, we risk loving to death the parks that we have.
What are the key strategic priorities that the NPS in the Northeast Region must address in order to achieve its vision?...must embrace in order to become more relevant to diverse communities?...key priorities for professional and individual growth of NPS leaders?
While the support for these trails was overwhelmingly positive, opponents were concerned that the construction of these trails and the resulting mountain biking activity would destroy the natural habitat. The conservation and recreation debate lives on.

Every Kid in a Park Initiative

America's Great Outdoor Initiative

Create and enhance urban parks and greenspaces

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