Cooperating Association Timeline
Appropriations Act recognizes that
donations of cash, lands, and buildings may be made to NPS
by private groups.
Recognition of the legal status of
cooperating associations is placed in the Interior Appropriations
NPS Appropriations Act sanctions NPS
employees assisting in the operation of cooperating associations.
In the late 70s they become more independent.
NPS is allowed to provide facilities
for use by cooperating associations because of their partnership
Income from living history and interpretive
demonstrations are allowed to remain in the benefiting park
to defray the costs of such programs.
Associations form a membership organization:
known now as the Association of Partners for Public Lands.
Passage of the NPS Concessions Management
Improvement Act of 1998 contains provisions affecting association
sales of “visitor convenience items.”
NPS Management Policies mission statement
includes the phrase: “The Park Service cooperates with
partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource
conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country
and the world.”