Parks Working in Partnership
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270
Local National Parks Working in Partnership
Superintendents Paul Labovitz and Chris Stein, of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway respectively, have pledged to advance cooperation between the two parks in order to better protect, preserve, and promote the parks and their significant natural, cultural, and recreational resources.
"There are so many connections between the Mississippi and the St. Croix – freshwater ecosystems, similar histories of human settlement and use, first class recreation, and traditions of working closely with park partners. It only makes sense for the parks to strengthen their ties through collaboration," said Superintendent Labovitz.
To formalize this partnership, the superintendents signed a "sister park" agreement during the Great Rivers Confluence Project Symposium held on September 24, 2010, in Prescott, Wisconsin. The agreement identifies areas of future cooperation, especially in the areas of interpretation, education, public outreach, and resource management.
The idea of cooperation between the two parks is not a new one, as they have worked together on such diverse programs and initiatives as mussel inventories and monitoring, public outreach, law enforcement, informational technology and educational programs.
"With this agreement, we intend to build on past collaboration and develop new areas of cooperation between the two parks and among the many park partners. We hope this will become a model for cooperation between other NPS units and between NPS units and various park partners around the nation and the world," remarked Superintendent Stein.
The agreement is available here:
The signing took place on the eve of National Public Lands Day, the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. For additional information, including projects that need volunteer help, visit: http://www.publiclandsday.org/
ABOUT THE MISSISSIPPI NATIONAL RIVER & RECREATION AREA
Did You Know?
Before the invention of refrigerators, people harvested ice from rivers and lakes in the winter and stored the ice, covered in sawdust, in buildings. An ice house, storing ice from the river, once stood near the site of the park headquarters for St. Croix NSR, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.