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Engaging Independent Perspectives for a 21st-Century National Park System
2013 National Park System Advisory Board Report
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The approaching centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 presents a great opportunity to connect all Americans with the nation's most special natural and cultural resources through National Park System places and programs. To advance the priority objectives of the NPS as it thinks more creatively about its next century of service, the National Park System Advisory Board enlisted the involvement of a distinguished group of 100 outside subject matter experts to help address specific work.
Since receiving NPS Director Jarvis' request to address the priorities of stewardship, education, relevancy, and the NPS workforce, the National Park System Advisory Board has focused on 10 separate tasks designed to:
Foster Resource Stewardship
1. Plan for a Future National Park System
Offer guidance for developing a new National Park System plan.
2. Recommend National Historic Landmarks (NHLs)
Expand work to recommend a broader, richer representation of America's story in the designation of NHLs.
3. Recommend National Natural Landmarks (NNLs)
Enhance the NNL program by exploring new opportunities to engage additional public and private support, increase awareness of America's diverse natural history, and support the conservation work of NNL owners.
4. Support Economic Valuation
Support measurement of the total economic value of the NPS including cooperative programs outside the National Park System.
5. Revisit the "Leopold Report"
Prepare a contemporary version of the 1963 Leopold Report to help the NPS confront modern challenges in resource management.
Broaden Alliances for Education
6. Expand Collaboration in Education
Help the NPS broaden contacts with educational institutions, expand collaboration with K-12 educational systems, and incorporate parks and programs into educational media.
Increase National Relevancy
7. Explore American Latino Heritage
Develop a theme study to identify American Latino-related places for their significance and recognition in potential new national landmarks and national parks, as well as in existing NPS sites.
8. Support the NPS Centennial Campaign
9. Build Community Relationships
Explore new approaches for broader relevancy and public engagement. Help identify and recruit partners in diverse communities.
Advance Workforce Innovations
10. Support Leadership Development
Provide advice on NPS leadership, workforce, organizational development, and more effectively advancing innovation.
About the Report
The 2013 National Park System Advisory Board Report, "Engaging Independent Perspectives," was produced in collaboration with Harpers Ferry Center. The NPSAB especially acknowledges the dedicated work of Shirley Sears Smith and Roegener Kirk in support of all NPSAB functions over many years.
Work to accomplish the tasks summarized in this report remains ongoing. For more information on the report or for updates on the progress of the NPSAB's work, please contact the National Park Service Office of Policy.
Rethinking the National Parks for the 21st Century, 2001 National Park System Advisory Board report
Advancing the National Park Idea (PDF), The National Parks Second Century Commission Report, 2009
Last updated: March 1, 2019