Centennial Initiative 2016

May 2008 Update - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore selected for first two National Park Service Centennial Projects. Click here to view the press release.

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Centennial Vision

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 https://www.nps.gov/2016.

Centennial Strategy

Click on the link below to view a copy of the Centennial Strategy for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Centennial Strategy for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Eligible Centennial Proposals for 2008

Click on the links below to view a copy of the Eligible Centennial Proposals for 2008.

Invasive Plant Control

South Manitou Island Lighthouse Beacon

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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