Centennial Initiative 2016
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, America invites the world to discover the meaning of national parks to their lives and inspires people to both experience and become devoted to these special places.
On August 25, 2006 – the 90th anniversary of the National Park Service – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne launched the National Park Centennial Initiative to prepare national parks for another century of conservation, preservation and enjoyment. Since then the National Park Service asked citizens, park partners, experts and other stakeholders what they envisioned for a second century of national parks.
A nationwide series of more than 40 listening sessions produced more than 6,000 comments that helped to shape five centennial goals. The goals and vision were presented to President Bush and to the American people on May 31st in a report called The Future of America’s National Parks.
Every national park staff took their lead from this report and created local centennial strategies to describe their vision and desired accomplishments by 2016. This is just the first year, and there are many great things to come as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate 100 years!
To keep up with the Centennial Initiative and to experience the interactive version of The Future of America’s National Parks and special features please visit the centennial website at www.nps.gov/2016.
Centennial Strategy - Sitka National Historical Park
Approaching its 100th year as a National Park Service site, Sitka National Historical Park has a longstanding legacy as a place that people turn to for recreation, inspiration, and to connect with history, culture, and nature. In the 21st century, Sitka National Historical Park will strengthen this legacy, becoming a model of National Park Service stewardship with a commitment to active partnerships, careful planning, solid resource management practices, and professional excellence across all fields and divisions. To realize this vision, Sitka National Historical Park will:
By protecting and sharing the values that attracted people here even before its establishment in 1910 and creating a workforce that understands and reflects today's America, Sitka NHP will rise capably to the NPS Centennial celebration and continue to forge relevance and meaning between citizens and the park during its own second century.
Download the complete Centennial Strategy for Sitka National Historical Park.
Did You Know?
On January 3, 1959, Alaska was admitted as the 49th state of the Union. The 49-star American flag was flown in Sitka for the first time on July 4 of that year.