Three key national park partners organizations joined to hold a first-ever strategic planning session on Nov. 1-2, which attracted more than 125 top National Park Service (NPS) leaders, conservationists, concessioners and park friends and fundraisers.
The planning session was the first of two jointly hosted meetings by the National Park Foundation, the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Hospitality Association. The second is the initial America’s Summit on National Parks, scheduled for Jan. 24-26, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Both meetings focus on NPS’ “A Call to Action” and planning for the 100th anniversary of the agency in 2016.
In addition to key members and staff from the groups, the strategic planning session participants included leaders from top national park friends organizations and nearly 30 NPS officials including Director Jon Jarvis, Deputy Director Mickey Fearn and other members of the agency’s National Leadership Council. The session charged the three hosting organizations with several tasks prior to the January Summit, including preparation of a statement of principles for adoption by all park supporters, planning for a campaign to help all Americans see the personal value of parks and a strategy for moving beyond conversations about the limited diversity of park visitors to actions.
America’s Summit on National Parks is an invitation-only event that will unite traditional park champions with new health, education and tourism supporters. The summit will include top national and bipartisan political figures from the Congress, from the current and past administrations, and other national leaders. A major theme will be the role of parks in the nation’s economy.