Our Future Vision
Our Integrated Environmental Plan (IEP) will guide Apostle Islands National Lakeshore towards more sustainable operations. Through behavioral, policy, and technological changes we are confident a greener future can be achieved and the park can be preserved and enjoyed for generations to come. Our commitment to sustainability means a commitment to strive for maximum sensitivity and protection for the parks (and the planet's) natural and cultural resources, doing so in a way that is economically sensible and considers the short and the long term impacts of our decisions. It also means valuing our role and contribution to the wider community of which the park and its staff and visitors are members of. Our bold vision calls for:
Significant changes have been made to our operations and to employee/public outreach efforts as we continue to work towards shifting people's thinking, values and actions into a long term core theme of environmental and sustainable responsibility. We are proud of the progress we have made and intend to continue along these lines with increased future efforts. Please "Do Your Part" http://www.doyourpartparks.org/ by joining with Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, or any other participating park site of your choice, to help show that significant progress can be made on our combined sustainability efforts. Thank you.
Did You Know?
In his “Report on Apostle Islands National Park Project, January 20, 1931”, landscape architect Harlan Kelsey noted that “the hand of man has mercilessly destroyed the islands’ virgin beauty, and, therefore, a largely controlling element as outstanding national park material even if other reasons made them eligible…this project does not meet National Park Service standards.”