All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘shutdown’

What Does It Take to Run a National Park? Shenandoah Staff Give the Rest of Us a Clue


Few of us appreciate the monumental task of caring for America’s national parks—each one a unique part of the country with its own specific management challenges and irreplaceable public resources. Shenandoah National Park staff recently decided to shine a light on what it takes to maintain their landmark Virginia park on a day-to-day basis. Why? Last year’s federal government shutdown [...]

Posted on: January 14 2014
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Looking Ahead for National Parks: NPCA’s 4 New Year’s Resolutions for the Obama Administration


By Clark Bunting, President and CEO of NPCA An open letter to President Obama: It’s time to turn over a new leaf in 2014, and all of us—Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike, no matter whether we’ve been naughty or nice—could use a fresh start. But the New Year lies just around the corner, and with it the renewed hope that [...]

Posted on: December 20 2013
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Why Don’t States Run National Parks?


By Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications Earlier this month, several states helped lessen the economic hardship from the federal government shutdown by opening a handful of national parks on a case-by-case basis while the rest of the National Park System was closed. It is a testament to the importance of these places that governors were willing to contribute from their [...]

Posted on: October 24 2013
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If Americans Overwhelmingly Love Our National Parks, Why Isn’t Congress Fully Funding Them?


By Theresa Pierno, Acting President of NPCA It’s not difficult to understand why Americans show such strong bipartisan support and genuine love for our national parks—one visit is all it takes. I had one of those special visits ten years ago when I traveled to Alaska with my husband, son, and parents to experience Denali National Park for the first [...]

Posted on: October 23 2013
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The 9 Best Things We Saw Online During the Government Shutdown


The federal government shutdown was an agonizing time for people around the country, including the thousands of Park Service staff, contractors, business owners, and tourists who love and depend on our national parks. If something positive came out of all this, it was that park closures reminded so many of us how much we truly value these wonderful places. During [...]

Posted on: October 18 2013
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