EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA
Robert Stanton's tenure as Director of the National Park Service ended at noon on January 20, 2001. Deputy Director Denis P. Galvin is Acting Director. The National Leadership Council acknowledges Director Stanton's stewardship of the National Park Service. Under Director Stanton's leadership, the National Park Service was strengthened by broadening its commitment to represent and speak to the diversity of our nation. At his direction, the National Park Service has enhanced its abilities to manage and protect park resources, and has initiated important thinking about its responsibilities and place in American life in the new century.
LOOKING FORWARD TO A NEW ADMINISTRATION AND A NEW CONGRESS
The NLC reviewed discussions that the NPS had with the Bush Administration's Interior transition team. A key item was President Bush's campaign pledge to eliminate the National Park Service's $ 4.9 billion maintenance backlog over five years. It is widely expected that NPS capital improvement will get priority attention in the new Administration's first days. Equally exciting is a promise that the President made during the campaign of $100 million over five years to improve natural resource management in parks. In discussions with the transition team, NPS leadership expressed enthusiasm for this commitment and represented strongly that pressing Service needs are not limited to infrastructure.
The National Leadership Council expects the confirmation process for new leadership in the Department to come in three waves: (1) the Secretary of the Interior; (2) the Assistant Secretaries for Policy, Management and Budget, and Fish and Wildlife and Parks; and the Solicitor, among others; and, finally (3) the Director of the National Park Service and other bureau chiefs. Briefing statements are being posted to the Department of the Interior's website.
MANAGEMENT POLICIES 2001 A MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT
DISCOVERY 2000 VISION
The NLC believes that the NPS of the future can preserve park resources and accomplish its purposes only by working in the closest collaboration with others. Parks in the 21st century can not be considered by themselves, but as part of the larger land scape. The NLC also believes the NPS of the future will have an expanded presence outside of parks in localities across America, helping communities to preserve and manage their own local heritage resources. The Service should not hesitate to learn from its neighbors, including state and local resource management agencies, and it must do a far better job of educating, and thus re-invigorating, its own workforce.
The NLC is fully aware that the Service cannot accomplish the foregoing goals without effective leadership. In the December 22 NLC Journal, the NLC said it would explore opportunities to work with experts in the fields of management and organizational change to strengthen itself as a leadership body. Since then, and prior to the January 17-18 meeting, contact was made with Discovery 2000 Leadership Track keynote speaker Dr. Peter Senge, who has scheduled discussions with NLC representatives for next month.
The next step in Discovery 2000 will be to outline the kind of long-term strategies needed to prepare and direct the organization for the future its sees for itself.
COMMUNICATING THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE MISSION
The NLC is very enthusiastic about the requirement in Director's Order #52A that the Arrowhead Symbol be displayed on all of offcial NPS media intended for the public. The Arrowhead is a proud symbol of our dedication to resource stewardship and public service. It conveys to the public an image of excellence. New Arrowhead Symbol specifications posted on http://www.graphics.nps.gov/ will be applicable wherever the Arrowhead Symbol is used, including on: all of offcial NPS publications, business cards, correspondence, and other media; all park signs; and all official uniforms and other approved clothing and similar products.
The Service will transition to the new specifications immediately, with the following exceptions: (1) existing stock not meeting the new specifications may be used until exhausted; (2) the existing arrowhead patch may continue to be worn on uniforms until a new patch can be developed, wear tested, and phased into use; and (3) the continued use and display of entrance signs having historic significance to parks will not be affected.
The next three meeting dates and locales are:
The NLC that each meeting would include presentations and dialogue on the broad issues of strategic importance to the National Park Service
Denis (Deny) Galvin
Katherine (Kate) Stevenson
Michael (Mike) Soukup
Richard (Dick) Ring
Robert L. (Rob) Arnberger
Karen P. Wade
William (Bill) Schenk
Terry R. Carlstrom
John J. Reynolds