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Spotlight on the NPCA

4th graders

Fee Hike

The National Park Service is considering increases to fees at 17 national parks during peak visitor seasons. The peak season for each park would be defined as its busiest contiguous five-month period of visitation. During the peak season at each park, the entrance fee would be $70 per private, non-commercial vehicle; $50 per motorcycle; and $30 per person on bike or foot.
The National Park Service is also proposing entry and permit fee adjustments for commercial tour operators. The proposal would increase entry fees for commercial operators and standardize commercial use authorization (CUA) requirements for road-based commercial tours, including application and management fees.
Public comments are being accepted on the proposals from October 24 to November 23, 2017.
Read the news release to learn more about the proposals: National Park Service Proposes Targeted Fee Increases at Parks to Address Maintenance Backlog
For proposal details, FAQs, and instructions for submitting comments, visit the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website:


Zinke / Interior

Assault on Nature / Climate Change (Cross-posting on usa2017)

National Parks / Twitter (Cross-posting on usa2017)


Public Lands (Cross-posting on usa2017)

Pressure mounts to create a National Park Service, April 5, 1916

Indian tribes can gather national park plants under new rule
Can America's National Parks defeat the developers at their gates?
Memorials to a tragic past: National Park Service sites that consider the dark side of our history
House to Consider FY 2017 Interior-Environment Spending Legislation
As national parks turn 100, did we know what we were getting? - Rob Chaney/Montana Standard - @robchaney1 @mtstandard
National Park Service director correct that its budget less than budget for Austin's city government
Why Obama is visiting Yosemite and Carlsbad Caverns - @Sammy_Roth - @NP_Watch
The Economic Value of Quiet Recreation on BLM Lands (PDF)
The Rise to Power of the Congressional Anti-Parks Caucus
Endnotes and citations are available in the PDF and Scribd versions
Bison to become first national mammal, joining bald eagle as American symbol
Volcanic spires and Joshua trees: Obama protects 1.8 million acres in California's desert - @adruin @NatlParkService -
National Parks Draw Record-Breaking Crowds in 2014 - @NatlParkService
Feds fight over who owns national park trademarks
Park Science Special Issue on Biodiversity - @NatlParkService

The Trust for Public Land

intl visitors


Director's Order #21: Philanthropic Partnerships
The Park Service doesn’t need corporate sponsorship. It needs proper funding - HCN

Climate Change

NPS@100: Parks face 'greatest threat' -- climate change

⚡️ “Places to visit in 2017: Bears Ears and Gold Butte”

May 19 Endangered Species Day

Any tips on responsible travel in the parks?
Are there volunteer opportunities in state and national parks?
Any tips on paying attention to upcoming events in state and national parks?
How do parks contribute to the health and well-being of locals and visitors?
Which parks are the most responsive using social web channels?
What parks are using Periscope?
What are the Indigenous names for [] park?



Interior Department Supported $106 Billion in Recreation, Conservation, Water and Renewable Energy Investments, Supporting More than 860,000 Jobs in FY 2015
U.S. Department of the Interior Economic Report FY 2015

U.S. Department of the Interior Economic Report FY 2015 @Interior

Deferred maintenance backlog at all national parks has reached $11.5 billion
December 8 hearing

Witness Panel 1

The Honorable Jonathan Jarvis
National Park Service
12 8 15 Jarvis Testimony.pdf (22.0 KBs)

Mr. Will Shafroth
President and CEO
National Park Foundation
12 8 15 Shafroth Testimony.pdf (81.4 KBs)

Mr. Derrick Crandall
National Park Hospitality Association
12 8 15 Crandall Testimony.pdf (1.6 MBs)

Mrs. Theresa Pierno
President & CEO
National Parks Conservation Association
12 8 15 Pierno Testimony.pdf (78.9 KBs)


Go Wild: Engaging Conservation Champions in the USA

We celebrate the champions of conservation in the USA. Pay our respect to past and present leaders and ask what we must do to engage conservation champions of the future. Mainstreaming is livestreaming, so we host hangouts and share live Periscope videos from the parks. This presentation features artwork, screenshots, events and publications about parks and wildlife in the USA.

Death Valley
Grand Canyon
Find Your Park


January 1 First Day Hikes - @AmericanHiking

January 2-20 Roadshow of Resistance

June National Great Outdoors Month

July Park and Recreation Month, a program of the National Recreation and Park Association, promotes the importance of parks and recreation in health and wellness, conservation and social equity, and to recognize the thousands of park and recreation employees who maintain the nation’s neighborhood and community parks. -

August 25 National Park Service Birthday

September 4 National Wildlife Day
National Wildlife Day serves to celebrate wild animals & bring awareness to the number of endangered animals globally.

April 2-7
The 19th George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas and Cultural Sites: April 2-7, 2017 ~ Norfolk, VA

Connections are the heart of place-based conservation.

Connecting thinking, judgement and action, #GWS2017 is where professionals and practitioners come together to reconnect, refresh and recommit to the core values of our parks community.

Every two years, the George Wright Society Conference organizes the premier interdisciplinary conservation conference on parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. Our cross-cutting approach is unique among professional conservation meetings. At #GWS2017, we aim to connect you to breakthrough research and latest management practices, as well as the core values that motivate us as members of the international parks community.

There is a place for YOU at #GWS2017: Natural and cultural resource managers, tribal nations and indigenous peoples, academic communities, students, nonprofit sectors, private land managers, marine and aquatic conservationist, and more.

September 2016 World Conservation Congress, Hawaii

Fee-Free Days
The Bureau of Land Management manages more recreational opportunities than any other federal agency, and most of these recreational opportunities are accessible to the public for free. Details

For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.
America the Beautiful
Annual Pass

2014 Headlines

National Parks Traveler
'Art' in the Park - Modern Hiker - @modernhiker
12 iconic American animals for National Wildlife Refuge Week - - @Wilderness
Grand Canyon National Park's Concessions Issue Impacting Parks Nationwide - Kurt Repanshek/National Parks Traveler - @ParksTraveler
Explore, And Contribute To, Parkipedia, The First Crowd-Sourced Approach To National Park Guides - @ParksTraveler
American Wilderness Faces the Firing Squad - @DougPeacock
National Parks Are About to Get Way More Fun - @GraysonSchaffer
America the beautiful leads world in wilderness protection - @Wilderness
Nevada parks look at visitor centers, passport system for funding - @RickVelotta @reviewjournal
How the U.S. Department of the Interior Takes America’s Great Outdoors Into Digital Territory
States try to raise revenue with park passes
Survey says: Visitors to national parks don't like noise - @julie_cart
Why we should all go to national parks
World Parks: Lake Mead National Recreation Area
What Must The National Park Service Do To Improve Its Web Presence? @ParksTraveler
Western Governors roll out Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool #wga13 @westgov
Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT)
Killing of wolves, bears in Alaska national parks, preserves restricted - Alaska Dispatch

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge

Coral at Jarvis Island NWR

Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Palmyra Atoll NWR

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Wilderness Photography

Proposed Directive for Commercial Filming in Wilderness; Special Uses Administration

Visitor Spending Benefits

Visitor Spending Effects
Effects of the October 2013 Government Shutdown on National Park Service Visitor Spending in Gateway Communities (PDF)
2012 National Park Visitor Spending Effects Economic Contributions to Local Communities, States, and the Nation (PDF)


Indigenous Connections
Native Hawaiian and National Park Service employee, Melia Lane-Kamahele writes that “a national park in its conventional form – complete with boundary lines on a map, non-indigenous places names and an operating structure comprised of statutes, regulations and policies – is far removed from how many indigenous people understand the world.”


Mount Rainier NPS
Get Inspired - US Fish and Wildlife Service

Flickr Groups

North American Ecotourism
World Parks
Missouri State Parks and Historical Areas


National Park Foundation
National Parks Conservation Association
America's State Parks
PortlandVancouverNationalWildlifeRefuges -






US Interior




Twitter Hashtags

#usawild tags posts about biodiversity, parks and protected areas in the USA
#findyourpark and #FYPyes to share on


US Interior
House Committee on Natural Resources


national park service - Google News
yosemite - Google News

April 15-23 National Park Week
Hashtag: #NationalParkWeek
@NatlParkService @IUCN_CEC

The US National Park Service hosts National Parks Week April 15-23 and invites readers and editors to contribute tips and suggestions for visiting and protecting the wilderness areas and historical landmarks. Updates will be made throughout the week on the Planeta Wiki.

"National Parks Week coincides with the annual celebration of Earth Day," says founder Ron Mader. "We will be paying attention to activities around the USA."

Among the parks that will be featured this week: Everglades, Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, Yosemite and Zion.

"Planeta Wiki editors are cordially invited to finesse our online guides so that they include practical visitor tips as well as links to more scholarly reports," said Mader. "We also invite the public to share photos of parks and protected areas in our World Parks Flickr Group.

Photos and tweets from the national parks are considered for inclusion in our World Parks Flipboard.


Buzzword Bingo

bison - great lakes - sagebrush

Recommended Listening/Podtours

Indiana State Parks History Tour

Recommended Viewing
Other videos: Desert Gems: Southwestern Desert Parks




Connecting People and Parks

National Parks Conservation Association

National Parks Conservation Association has launched an initiative to connect people with the parks.
Connecting People and Parks (PDF)

Cultural Diversity

Re-imaging Parks for the People

Decade for Trails (2008-2018)

Decade for Trails
National Trails map (PDF)

2016 Centennial: National Park Service

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service - a defining moment that offers an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate accomplishments as the National Park Service prepares for a new century of stewardship and engagement. Download the Call to Action (PDF) to review the vision and action items for a second-century National Park Service.
Call to Action - NPS
NPS Director Issues Call to Action for Second Century


Jan 1 First Day Hikes - America's State Parks

May Endangered Species Day is held the third Friday in May and recognizes the national conservation effort to protect our nation's endangered species and their habitats. - @endangered

June 14 Get Outdoors Day

Call to Action for Second Century

Healthy Parks

Healthy Parks Healthy People USA Plan (PDF)

Healthy Parks Healthy People Achievement Awards recognize individuals, organizations, teams, and National Park Service partners for outstanding accomplishments that increase public recognition of the value of parks and protected areas, and public lands in helping people to improve and maintain human health, eco-system health, and social well-being. Since Healthy Parks Healthy People is a global movement, we welcome and encourage nominations that demonstrate an outstanding accomplishments in parks, public lands, protected areas, and communities from all across the United States and the world.
Nominations are due March 14, 2014.

NPS Retirees


Green 2.0 commissioned the report “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations: Mainstream NGOs, Foundations & Government Agencies,” the most comprehensive report on diversity in the environmental movement. It surveyed 191 environmental non-profits, 74 government environmental agencies, and 28 leading environmental grant making foundations to investigate their gender and racial diversity composition, the majority of which state diversification as a “value.” The study included confidential interviews of 21 environmental leaders from diverse backgrounds and experience.


2013 News

2012 Reports

a report issued by the National Park Service showed that visitors to the National Park System contributed more than $31 billion to local economies and supported 258,000 jobs in 2010, an increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.

White House Conference on Conservation

America’s Great Outdoors

Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010

(PDF - 1.60MB) is now available. This study provides updated estimates of NPS visitor spending for 2010 and extends the analysis to include impacts of the NPS payroll on local economies. Visitor spending and local impacts are estimated using the Money General Model version 2 (MGM2) based on 2010 park visits, spending averages from park visitor surveys, and local area economic multipliers. Impacts of the NPS payroll are estimated based on 2010 payroll data for each park.

New Report Shows Rise in Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife-Related Recreation Participation in 28 States - Billions of dollars generated for local economies and conservation

Participation in wildlife-associated recreation increased in 28 states since 2006, according to the findings of the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation State Overview Report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today. The State Overview Report is the second in a series of reports to be released by the Service over the next few months highlighting results from the National Survey. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the first report on August 15, 2012. The National Survey, conducted since 1955, measures participation in these activities and related spending on trips and equipment across the nation and in individual states. The 2011 National Survey data show that hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers spent $145 billion last year on related gear, trips and other purchases such as licenses, tags and land leasing or ownership.


The symphony of natural sounds within our national parks is an important natural resource and a critical component of the ecological communities that parks seek to preserve. Understanding the role of sound and acoustics in a healthy ecosystem is critical to their effective management and protection.
- World Listening Day, National Parks Service

Outdoor recreation at parks and forests and other public lands brings in tourism dollars, attracting new businesses and encouraging spending at lodging and food establishments and of course park souvenirs.
- President Barrack Obama, signing a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico

Who will gainsay that the parks contain the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health? A visit inspires love of country; begets contentment; engenders pride of possession; contains the antidote for national restlessness. ... He is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the national parks.
- Stephen Mather

Blogs - @NateLandon

Ron's Blog

National Parks Week (2014)
people and parks (2012)
Call to action (2011)

Endangered Species Act

Bureau of Land Management - @BLMNV

National Park Service
Events / Free Entrance Days

If you’re planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands.

US Fish and Wildlife - @USFWSHQ - - @USFWSMtnPrairie (UT, CO, KS, NE, WY, MT, ND and SD) - @USFWSMidwest (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio) - @USFWSAlaska

Parks and Protected Areas
National register of historic places

Did you know that USA state parks contribute more than $20 billion to the economy? Read more facts about the...

Park Science: Integrating Research and Resource Management in the National Parks:
TIPS - In the meantime, get a simple and cost-effective way to visit multiple recreation sites with an annual Lands Pass. The new Annual Interagency Pass offers access to Federal Recreation Areas* that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. The new annual pass is $80, available online at:

State Parks

State Parks: Assessing Their Benefits

US Parks Fonts

George Melendez Wright

National Park Foundation

Conservation Lands Foundation

Plateaus & Canyons Association

Plateaus & Canyons Association promotes understanding and stewardship of the Colorado Plateau.

Wilderness Society -

@GOParks is the official charity of the @NatlParkService

Glacier National Park
Plows' progress, Parks Week, social media to bring Glacier visitors

Green Parks Plan

The Green Parks Plan (GPP) articulates an overarching vision that will make everything we do more sustainable by establishing environmental performance targets, empowering staff to be agents of change, collaborating with stakeholders, and engaging millions of visitors to support this effort during visits and while at home.
Full Plan (PDF)
Green Parks Plan press release (PDF)
sustainability success stories (PDF)
My Green Parks videos

Green Parks Plan is directed at park facilities and how they are managed and operated. It sets forth nine strategic goals:

  • Continuously Improve Environmental Performance: meet or exceed the requirements of all applicable environmental laws.
  • Be Climate Friendly and Climate Ready: reduce greenhouse gas emissions and determine how facilities can be adapted to respond to the risk posed by climate change.
  • Be Energy Smart: improve energy performance and increase reliance on renewable energy.
  • Be Water Wise: improve water use efficiency.
  • Green Our Rides: transform vehicle fleet and adopt greener transportation methods.
  • Buy Green and Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: purchase environmentally friendly products and increase waste diversion and recycling.
  • Preserve Outdoor Values: minimize the impact of facility operations on the external environment.
  • Adopt Best Practices: employ sustainable best practices in all park operations.

U.S. national parks as a subway map. How many stops have you ... on Twitpic

National Parks: America's Best Idea

The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a six-episode series directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales – from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska

Key Links
Share Your Story
Educators Overview
Place-Based Digital Storytelling Modules
The National Parks: America's Best Idea (PBS)
The National Parks: America's Best Idea


Wilderness Act

On September 3, 1964, the U.S. Congress passed into Public Law the Wilderness Act “To establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people, and for other purposes”. This law was established “In order to assure that an increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization, does not occupy and modify all areas within the United States and its possessions…” [Public Law 88-577].


Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative

Did you know? - There is a wildlife refuge within an hour drive of most major U.S. cities.

A few words about plastic bottles
23 @NatlParkService sites have banned the sale of plastic water bottles.
Find out which here: #thinkoutsidethebottle

Shutdown Essentials (USA)

Shutdown Headlines (USA),0,1665475.story

Trending hashtag

Facebook: #KeepParksOpen
Google+ #KeepParksOpen
Twitter: #KeepParksOpen

Fee Free Days

Free Entrance Days - NPS



National Landscape Conservation System

The National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), made permanent by Congress in 2009, is a collection of 27 million acres of public land throughout the Western United States. Made up of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas and Wilderness Areas, the NLCS is the second largest collection of public lands set aside for conservation.

Rep. Grijalva is the founding co-chair of the National Landscape Conservation System Caucus. He was the lead House sponsor of legislation signed by the president permanently to establish the National Landscape Conservation System and has advocated increasing the system's funding.

Artists: Thomas Cole



List Challenge: National Parks of the USA

Did you know that the President of the USA lives in a National Park?

Elsewhere on the Web -
Western National Parks Association -

Find a Refuge by Zip Code

National Wildlife Refuge Association - @WildRefuge
National Park Promotion Council
American Trails - @American_Trails

Every lightning strike in the USA in real time

Sage Grouse
SORP is the leading association of outdoor recreation professionals who strive to protect our natural resources while providing sustainable access.

Passport Stamps

Celebrations: Founder's Day

August 25 Founder's Day, National Park Service
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the "Organic Act" which stated that the "[National Park Service] will conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife 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."

August 25 is Founder's Day for the National Park Service @GoParks @NatlParkService @ParksTraveler #findyourpark

Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, prefaced his June 14, 2016, mention of Austin with some agency self-celebration, telling the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
"The NPS manages many of our nation’s most iconic and beloved landscapes and historic sites. We are responsible for managing more than 400 individual parks with more than 84 million acres of land, stretching from Acadia National Park in the State of Maine to the National Park of American Samoa in the South Pacific. The NPS also manages numerous wild and scenic rivers and national trails; programs that recognize our nation’s historic structures; and programs that help local governments and organizations provide recreational opportunities and protect open space. We are seeing record-breaking visitation -- more than 300 million last year -- and the resulting economic activity created by the parks topped $16 billion."
"We are accomplishing all of this," Jarvis said next, "on an annual budget that is less than the city of Austin, Texas."

Embedded Tweets



Everglades National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

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Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park

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Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park

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Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park

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Storify: Superbloom in Death Valley National Park

Recent Events
April Learning from the Outside In

Happy Centennial, US National Parks. August 25, 2016 will be a day of great celebration in the national parks as well as state and local parks, wilderness reserves and all areas designed to protect wilderness. Even better the celebration will be held outside the square brackets in 2016. Cities and country are tied more closely than ever. Responsible, conscious, ecotourism connects with Indigenous tourism as everyone tries to figure out how to make 'sustainable tourism' develop local community economies and education.

This week celebrates the Centennial by posing some deep dive questions. We don't expect all the answers this week, but we'll work on spotlighting the currrent efforts of using the social web. In particular US national parks deserve kudos for making the most of live, unscripted Periscope videos. Check out the Twitter list!

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Biosphere Reserves removed from MAB list


30 biosphere reserves
Aleutian Islands
1976. Withdrawn in 2017

Beaver Creek
1976. Withdrawn in 2017

Big Bend

Cascade Head

Central Plains
1976. Withdrawn in 2017

Channel Islands

1976. Withdrawn in 2017


1976. Withdrawn in 2017

Everglades & Dry Tortugas

1976. Withdrawn in 2017


H.J. Andrews
1976. Withdrawn in 2017

Hubbard Brook
1976. Withdrawn in 2017



1976. Withdrawn in 2017


Organ Pipe Cactus

Rocky Mountain

San Dimas

San Joaquin

Sequoia-Kings Canyon

1976. Withdrawn in 2017

Three Sisters
1976. Withdrawn in 2017

Virgin Islands
1976. Withdrawn in 2017


Konza Prairie
1978. Withdrawn in 2017

Niwot Ridge
1979. Withdrawn in 2017

University of Michigan Biological Station

Virginia Coast

Hawaiian Islands

Isle Royale

Big Thicket


California Coast Ranges
1983. Withdrawn in 2017

Central Gulf Coast Plain

South Atlantic Coastal Plain

Mojave and Colorado Deserts

Carolinian South Atlantic
1986. Withdrawn in 2017

Glacier Bay-Admiralty Is

Golden Gate

New Jersey Pinelands

Southern Appalachian


Mammoth Cave Area
1990. Extention 1996

Land Between the Lakes
1991. Withdrawn in 2017