Challenge & Response: The Missouri National Recreational River
August 15, 2013
Two of the greatest challenges for the staff of the Missouri National Recreational River (MNRR) are building awareness at the local, regional and national levels that the MNRR is a National Park and secondly, where the park is actually located. In this first blog post we would like to put the park's designation and location in a national context. We hope you will share this post and many forthcoming ones with friends and interested parties.
Let's start with the fact that the MNRR is a National Park unit, just like the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone are units of the National Park system. The MNRR's designation as a National Recreational River makes it no less of a National Park than the other 400 units of the National Park system. Most people know the National Park Service (NPS) as the agency that oversees dramatic natural areas protected as National Park's. Many of these are world renowned places such as Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountains, Badlands, Glacier and Mount Rainier just to name a few. Despite the fact that places designated as "National Park" are what most likely comes to mind when then public thinks about National Park sites, they are not the most numerous National Park unit designations. There are only 59 "National Parks" out of the 401 units. That leaves 342 other units. These go by over 30 different designations which include National River, National Scenic River, National River & Recreation Area and of course National Recreational River.
So there you have it folks. We hope that by educating the public on the uniqueness of the MNRR it will lead to better understanding and enjoyment of this national treasure. Until next time…
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