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  • June 2012
    USA efforts should exceed 200 million annually and are expected to generate hundreds of thousands of new jobs and new sustainability for many communities near parks and other public and Tribal lands The award was presented at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall and was an original work entitled Mountain Spirit by Darrell Norman a Blackfeet artist in Montana Past award recipients include Forever Resorts Rex Maughan Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack former President George H W Bush National Geographic Society Chairman Gil Grosvenor then U S Senators John Breaux Frank Murkowski and John Chafee then U S Representative Jim Oberstar former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater Snowbird Chairman and CEO Dick Bass and former Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne Return to top New Report on Health in America Lots to Lose An extraordinary effort by respected bipartisan national leaders talented staff and creative volunteers completed a year of discussions and sharing of ideas on June 5 as the Bipartisan Policy Center issued its report entitled Lots to Lose How America s Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens Our Economic Future The report is a frank and disturbing assessment of the impact America s poor eating habits and lowered physical activity are having on our economy and quality of life The effort was led by four talented former Presidential Cabinet members two Democrats two Republicans former Secretaries of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Ann Veneman and former Secretaries of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt and Donna Shalala The report was delivered to a packed room of national media health community experts recreation community leaders and youth program organizations And although the report was filled with information and recommendations the quartet of national leaders announced that its work will continue an announcement warmly received by the audience Dan Glickman called the situation associated with obesity and related health problems a priority national challenge that needs to transcend today s partisan environment He labeled the problem a crisis one which is largely responsible for today s federal deficit and threatens huge future costs His co leaders echoed these sentiments and outlined a series of actions which they believe could alter this path The recommendations are organized in four clusters Healthy Families Healthy Schools Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Communities The effort made clear that it was not seeking to promote a nanny society role for government yet made a good case that government policies on assistance to economically disadvantaged families and other programs needed to reflect new knowledge about the consequences of current trends which have seen a tripling of obesity among youth Currently 35 7 of all American adults are obese the highest rate in the world s 33 wealthiest countries and obese individuals spend on average 36 more on healthcare annually than Americans with normal weights Obesity according to the report is a major reason why nearly half of all Americans suffer from chronic illnesses illnesses that are the cause of more than 70 of the nation s surging healthcare costs NPHA provided support for the study and praised the report for articulating the seriousness of the problem Yet according to NPHA Counselor Derrick Crandall Lots to Lose did not provide many suggestions for utilizing the fun of active outdoor activity as an intervention strategy The lure of urging government and major corporate actions to address the crisis we face in chronic illness costs is high but we cannot afford to overlook the power of fun in the outdoors as a major tool to change the trajectory of this crisis Fitness centers at work and nutritional guidance to those on federal assistance are useful steps But early and frequent exposure of American kids to outdoor active fun is also a useful step and perhaps the most powerful step of all because it can make appropriate levels of physical activity for families and friends the norm according to Crandall To download a full copy of the report go to http bipartisanpolicy org library lotstolose Return to top Brand USA Eager to Move on Parks and the Great Outdoors Brand USA executives and key park and tourism interests gathered in Washington for a session entitled National Travel and Tourism Strategy The Role of Public and Tribal Lands and Waters The meeting covered efforts now underway and highlighted partnership opportunities for recreation organizations The session was held at the Smithsonian s National Museum of the American Indian Senior Brand USA staff including Vice President for Strategic Outreach Joel Secundy and Director of Partner Programs Michael Carroll were joined by Gail Adams Director of Intergovernmental and External Affairs U S Department of the Interior in presentations on key efforts underway An audience of some 50 persons included federal natural resource agency representatives and key recreation community leaders Gail Adams noted President Barack Obama s January 2012 announcement of a major initiative to regain traditional USA market share in international tourism Success will mean large gains in U S employment and a substantial benefit in the U S balance of trade account Timing of this effort is good for the new public private entity created in 2011 to lead U S tourism promotion now called Brand USA is just launching its efforts The Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior led development of a new National Travel and Tourism Strategy released in May and a significant portion of the plan focuses on better utilization of national parks especially in areas of the country where the benefits of international tourism are largely untapped Download the new strategy here Brand USA s business plan and marketing strategy were shared including its sources of public and private funding and the exciting new TV spots featuring Land of Dreams an original song sung by Rosanne Cash The song and video can be viewed at www YouTube com DiscoverAmerica Download the Brand USA presentation here Special focus was put on how agencies and recreation tourism businesses can participate in Brand USA marketing efforts including unlocking

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  • May 2012
    concessions contracts 5 Conduct a review of where additional concessioner services would assist the goals of the National Strategy on Travel and Tourism Investigate whether some or all of these additional services could be provided as part of commercial services plans without revisions to general management plans Return to top Highlighting American made Items in Park Stores High unemployment has given new momentum to Congressional interest in encouraging perhaps even mandating American made apparel souvenirs and other items in stores within national parks in Smithsonian museums and other federally controlled locations U S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand D NY recently introduced legislation on this topic NPHA has created a task force on this topic with representation from most major concessioners And action is underway The group will conduct a survey of major concessioners on American made item sales but decided to develop a second category of items that would not qualify for the FTC criteria of American made but where a large percentage of the value is created domestically The task force is also exploring opportunities for increasing the percentage of domestically produced items carried in consultation with key manufacturers vendors and suppliers Group purchasing to support domestic manufacturing especially of Centennial themed items is one possibility Another action by the task force is the development of a guide to sources of American made items Using a guide created by Delaware North Companies as a starting point NPHA members will pool information that will then be posted at www parkpartners org and updated quarterly Also NPHA will utilize a good program used by the Smithsonian Institute a form on our website will be available to companies offering American made goods By filling out the form information on the offered items will be sent to all concessioners with major retail operations That form too will be at www parkpartners org NPHA is now developing a statement on American made items and park retail operations and will be distributing the statement to Congress the media and other organizations The statement will embrace highlighting of American made items but explain the realities of the supply network and the impact of NAFTA and other laws on U S manufacturers Return to top NPS Centennial Legislation NPHA staff is meeting with other park partners and Congressional offices to discuss new legislative authorities which can assist national park operations in the Second Century of the National Park Service Concepts ranging from a new National Park Endowment to multi year budgets are being discussed Conversations include many issues highlighted in NPHA s Better Visitor Services Initiative adopted in March 2011 These issues include authorization for NPS marketing and promotion efforts and expansion of concessioner operations of campgrounds and other facilities The likelihood of a significant parks centennial bill in the next Congress is high and could offer real opportunities to the concessions community To see NPHA s Better Visitor Services Initiative click here To see an outline of issues NPHA staff is discussing as possible components of NPS

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  • April 2012
    is available in PDF form here In this issue NPHA s New Logo NPS Updates Commercial Services Website Sale of American made Products in National Parks Green Parks Plan Due This Week NPS Convenes Meeting to Coordinate Centennial Preparations NPHA s New Logo NPHA recently conducted an online contest for a new logo The contest attracted some 100 submissions NPHA s Logo Task Force headed by Pam Pitts of California Parks Companies and Jim McCaleb of Xanterra unanimously selected the final design The new look features a sequoia pinecone which is unique among national park related organizations The brown and green color scheme is analogous to the National Park Service itself and symbolic of both the forests and our green business ethic The logo features a new slogan Great Experiences in Great Places underscoring the visitor focus of concessions operations And here it is Return to top NPS Updates Commercial Services Website The National Park Service NPS Commercial Services Program has expanded the options under the Concessioner Tools tab on its web page The new format helps locate resources and information under topics including Healthy Foods NPS Clean Marina Guide Rate Administration 2012 Markup Percentages and Safe Boating Checklists The website also posts prospectuses and has links to all concessions laws and regulations View the new Concessioner Tools and Information page here Return to top Sale of American made Products in National Parks Key NPHA members recently met via conference call to discuss the sale of American made products in national parks The call was prompted by the American Parks American Products Act recently introduced by U S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand D NY This bill would require all items sold in retail operations in national parks to be produced in the United States Similar concerns have been expressed about sale of internationally produced souvenirs at Smithsonian Institution museums The Smithsonian which receives about 70 of its budget through Congressional appropriations operates its own stores Recent changes include a new portal for producers of American made items to offer products to all Smithsonian retail outlets and creation of a shop which only sells products made in the United States NPHA members are proud of efforts to feature American made products at retail stores in national parks and urged NPHA to explain current efforts to NPS the Congress and the public Many concessioners are providing special support to American Indian art and crafts To assist in preparing an NPHA statement on this issue participants agreed to survey major concessioners about percentages of American made items in park stores A previous survey was done in cooperation with NPS in 2008 Unlike the prior survey the new survey will quantify the percentage of items produced entirely in the U S as well as the percentage of items where most of the value was added through U S jobs and efforts NPHA will also compile and make available to members a source book for American made items capitalizing on an existing guide developed by Delaware

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  • February 2012
    American Demographics on Parks Wednesday s first panel America s National Parks and 21st Century Trends Priorities and Values Gaining Broad Support was moderated by Carlos Alcazar President and CEO of the Hispanic Communications Network Mr Alcazar described what he called a seismic shift in our cultural makeup The Hispanic population in America is booming he said and the National Park Service needs to respond to this shift Forty six percent of the population of youth under the age of 18 are of a multi cultural background he said and Hispanics represent 76 of that growth The Hispanic Communications Network offered an actionable plan to NPS to increase its marketing to Hispanics The plan has four parts 1 Organizational Diversity 2 Programming 3 Marketing Communications and 4 Partnerships The Boy Scouts of America doubled their Hispanic enrollment in the last few years by following this plan said Mr Alcazar and he is optimistic that NPS will find similar success Erik Huey Senior Vice President of the Entertainment Software Association acknowledged that his appearance at the Summit had generated some surprise and offered insights into how and why the gaming industry could help get Americans outdoors The catalyst he told the group was the migration of games to mobile devices Gamers comprise an increasingly large segment of the population he said Ninety eight percent of American children today play video games and 72 of homes have computer or video games Members of the Entertainment Software Association understand how to market and appeal to children for leisure time use and his organization offered to explore use of the NPS centennial as an opportunity to collaborate and engage with the agency and park partners Meeting kids where they are is imperative he said and technology is evolving very quickly He demonstrated use of NASA satellite imagery to create a video game for realistic snowboarding on any mountain in the world and challenged park advocates to explore ways to partner with his members to use technology to get people outdoors and active Angelou Ezeilo Executive Director of the Greening Youth Foundation and a lawyer from the land conservation movement explained her founding of an organization to connect urban minority children with the outdoors The Greening Youth Foundation works in partnership with NPS to provide both volunteer and paid internships to youth across the country The foundation works to give youth role models like park rangers who look like them and are concerned with their success through a Green Speaker series and wilderness training programs Dan Witters Principal and Research Director of the Gallup Healthways Well Being Index spoke about the statistical correlation between well being and a healthier environment The Well Being Index was launched in 2008 and contains data from a daily nationwide poll including questions asked about physical health and happiness emotional well being happiness at work availability of safe places to exercise and more The index correlates answers to these questions with geographical data including proximity to open space and parks Mr Witters showed that areas in the U S with more green space have citizens with lower blood pressure 15 fewer headaches and 25 fewer heart attacks The Well Being Index is available at www well beingindex com Return to top National Parks and the Next Century The presentation by National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis was entitled From Vision to Action A Call to Action for a New Century of Success He called America s Summit on National Parks historic congratulating the three co hosting organizations on coming together to find common ground and use the NPS centennial in 2016 as a unifying concept He urged participants to follow this example to make commitments and to be emboldened by the idea that a unified parks community is supporting the centennial as an opportunity for long term progress Director Jarvis said that it is imperative that NPS focus well beyond the boundaries of national parks in its second century The agency s role in historic preservation helps revitalize communities and its Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance program contributes to community health and economic sustainability he said He called on all park interests to help build awareness of the agency s economic influence He applauded President Obama s January 19 Executive Order which announced new efforts to draw international tourists to America and made special note of national parks as a centerpiece of this plan And Director Jarvis gave special recognition to the contribution of concessioners to the Healthy Parks Healthy People movement Concessioners play a vital role in encouraging and helping to reward healthy food choices and more physical activity during park stays he told the group He recognized the efforts of Delaware North Companies Guest Services Inc and Xanterra Parks Resorts to support the joint NPF NPCA NPHA efforts in November and at the Summit and told Summiteers he looks forward to both partnerships with and healthy competition among concessioners Return to top The Economic Value of National Parks Sally Jewell President and CEO of REI moderated the panel on The Economic Benefits of the National Parks and Park Programs She called the outdoors non partisan and noted that its advocates include Americans who are committed to parks regardless of their political affiliations Advocating for parks as economic engines will be crucial in today s political climate she told the group and then led members of the panel in an effort to lay out economic arguments for parks Doug Domenech Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia offered a state leader s perspective on the importance of economics He noted that fiscally conservative politicians respond to what he labeled the other green when making conservation decisions Outdoor recreation on public land is a potent economic driver and advocates can use this argument to garner support especially during a period of economic duress Tourism is Virginia s third largest industry generating 19 billion in spending annually and 200 000 jobs Secretary Domenech reported And a great deal of this activity is tied to parks and the Great Outdoors The Virginia leader applauded the addition of Fort Monroe as a National Monument in the National Park System last fall with strong bipartisan support and Mr Domenech expects the monument to become a major economic driver for the state Linda Bilmes Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard s John F Kennedy School of Government discussed models of measuring the total economic value of the national parks She argued that the annual appropriations process for funding parks with a mission to protect special areas in perpetuity is a mismatch Ms Bilmes also pointed out that studies done today to calculate the value of national parks examine economic drivers like jobs and tourism which only represent a narrow slice of the value of parks She and her team are working on also calculating what she called the existence and bequest values of parks Americans value the protection of places scenic wonders and historical sites even if they never use or visit these sites And Americans want to know that these natural wonders will be available to their grandchildren She endorsed calls for a parks endowment of at least one billion dollars by 2016 independent of appropriation dollars and a first step to create a funding model that better reflects a commitment to permanently sustain national parks Joel Secundy Vice President of Strategic Outreach for Brand USA spoke about his organization a public private hybrid created by Congress with the mission of promoting increased international travel to the United States Brand USA originally created as the Corporation for Travel Promotion was begun in March 2010 and is now readying the launch of its campaign using a mix of private sector contributions and a 100 million per annum federal funding stream And he told the group that national parks will be a centerpiece of the campaign to increase international tourism and create hundreds of thousands of new sustainable jobs Return to top Exploring Partnerships Protecting Parks The Honorable Fran Ulmer former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska moderated the panel on New Dimensions in Park Protection She set the stage for the discussion by noting that we don t inherit America s parks from our parents we borrow them from our children Stephanie Meeks President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation encouraged efforts to bring conservation and historic preservation together as part of the National Park Service centennial She said that a growing cultural diversity in America and a growing base of local preservationists are creating new opportunities for partnerships Research shows 15 million adults are actively doing preservation in their lives now she reported and added that Americans who care about preservation also care deeply about conserving natural resources She called for Summiteers to champion both cultural and natural resources Gary Machlis Science Advisor to the Director of the National Park Service told participants that centennials are inspiring to Americans and that 2016 is a wonderful time to remind Americans of the importance of conserving and protecting parks He said that Americans all draw benefit purpose and prosperity from the parks because they are distinctive and irreplaceable He urged participants to treat parks as resources and culture together that effective park conservation in the future will require the creative expansion of partnerships And he urged the Summiteers to be strategic reminding them of the advice of hockey star Wayne Gretzky Winning is about skating to where the puck will be The Honorable Bill Richardson former Governor of New Mexico offered advice on enlisting the support of politicians for natural resource issues He called for a broad new movement one that utilizes social media and targets a new generation of youth He urged NPS to be bolder in responding to climate change and to establish low carbon emissions goals He also urged participants to pursue partnerships with Native American groups landowners and other local advocates for the protection of natural resources Return to top Making Parks Relevant in Today s Political Environment The Honorable Dirk Kempthorne moderated a remarkable discussion titled How Can National Parks Succeed in Today s Fiscal and Political Climate The former mayor U S Senator Governor and Secretary of the Interior stressed that today s national parks are the product of bipartisan leadership He noted that the NPS centennial is four years away and that the U S political world deals in four year increments making 2012 the ideal time to prepare efforts for the centennial He asked the group to unite around efforts that would make the President of the United States elected in November 2012 eager to be at the center of the August 2016 NPS centennial celebration John Podesta Chair and Counselor for the Center for American Progress offered insight into views on park issues from the perspective of his time as Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton and his major role in Democratic policy development He reminded the group that the Congress was as divided during the Clinton Administration as it is now but also that a divided Congress was able to rally around parks He said Summiteers must remind politicians that investing in parks will create jobs and help drive the economy Asking political candidates to go on record during campaigns puts park advocates in a good leveraging position if that candidate makes it to office he said so target all candidates Mr Podesta ended his remarks with a reminder to drive home the local argument when an issue hits close to home it really starts to matter to people and to those they elect Michael Gerson Opinion Writer for the Washington Post and former chief speech writer for President George W Bush responded with a conservative viewpoint He said that legacy is something presidents don t talk about when entering office but that legacy becomes very important when they prepare to leave office He urged park interests to consider initiatives that will provide politicians something to tout from their years in office Mr Gerson recommended that overtures to conservative politicians emphasize values like patriotism and history first before moving on to other cases like economics or conservation Geoff Garin President of Peter D Hart Research Associates urged participants to think of 2016 as a do or die date saying that the NPS centennial is an opportunity to accomplish something very important for parks and one not likely to arise again in the near future He shared polling data which shows that parks are a unifying issue for Americans bridging political views When asked how important it is for the federal government to preserve and protect parks Americans answer affirmatively across party lines And as the 2008 recession deepened this commitment increased Parks are a symbol of national unity in a time when Americans feel they are too divided said Mr Garin Parks are places that people feel should be honored and cherished and he said Americans attribute patriotic characteristics to a president who prioritizes parks He urged Summit attendees to use the centennial as an opportunity to engage people in parks and rally around the idea of preserving America s story and best places Return to top Wednesday Breakout Sessions Education Economics New Park Models Urban Communities and Organizational Excellence Attendees spent the afternoon in discussions during two of five possible breakout sessions The first session focused on Education Connecting Youth Through Education Milton Chen Senior Fellow and Executive Director Emeritus of the George Lucas Educational Foundation and member of the NPS Advisory Board moderated a panel featuring James Percoco History Teacher at West Springfield High School in Virginia and Director of Education Friends of the National WWII Memorial Jason Morris Executive Vice President of NatureBridge Danny Edelson Vice President for Education at the National Geographic Society and Executive Director of the National Geographic Education Foundation and Shelby Locke Student at West Springfield High School Participants in this session discussed innovative approaches to increasing student visitation in parks that are already occurring barriers to greater collaboration and actions to enable our nation to more fully leverage the tremendous educational power of our national parks The second session explored The Economic Value of Our National Parks and Park Programs Ray Rasker Executive Director of Headwaters Economics moderated panelists Mark Barron Mayor of Jackson Wyoming and Lynn Scarlett Senior Visiting Scholar at Resources for the Future and former Deputy Secretary of the Interior Participants in this section explored the nexus between well funded and well maintained national parks a stronger economy and increased job opportunities The third session focused on The Next Generation of America s Parks New Models and Opportunities Denis Galvin Retired NPS Deputy Director facilitated a panel with Robert Garcia Executive Director of The City Project Barb Pahl Regional Director of the Mountains Plains Office at National Trust for Historic Preservation and Mike Scott Distinguished Professor Emeritus for the Department of Fish Wildlife Resources at the University of Idaho Participants discussed how to look into the future to ensure the National Park System represents all Americans and addresses our concerns about preserving our ecology and culture The fourth session explored Connecting with Urban Communities and New Populations Facilitator Nina Roberts Associate Professor at San Francisco State University and Director of the Pacific Leadership Institute moderated the discussion among panelists including Juan Martinez Network Coordinator of the Children Nature Network John Bridgeland former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and USA Freedom Corps Corita Waters Partnerships and Communications Specialist Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance Program at the National Park Service and Mary Margaret Jones Senior Principal President at Hargreaves Associates Participants in this session discussed the current landscape and NPS priorities within urban areas barriers to greater collaboration and coordination and opportunities ripe for action that advance the role that NPS plays in urban areas The fifth session choice focused on Organizational Excellence Michael Creasey Superintendent of Lowell National Historical Park moderated a panel featuring Tina Sung Vice President of Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships at The Partnership for Public Service Fred Dust Partner at IDEO Willa Seldon Partner at The Bridgespan Group and Peggy O Dell Deputy Director of the National Park Service Participants in this session discussed innovative approaches from within and outside NPS that are already happening barriers to successful adoption of new ideas to NPS and actions that will enable the NPS to use the opportunity of the centennial to lay the ground for professional excellence into the second century of NPS Summaries and reference materials for each breakout session are available at www 2016parksummit org Return to top Showcasing Park Partners Dinner Wednesday night started with First Lady Michelle Obama appearing in a video specifically complimenting the Summit and encouraging participants to continue their good work to get kids healthy outside in our national parks Summiteers then enjoyed a delicious locally sourced and sustainable meal designed by Xanterra Parks Resorts Andy Todd Xanterra s President and CEO spoke about the company s efforts to provide more sustainable and greener hospitality Xanterra recently c hanged its mission to read Legendary hospitality with a softer footprint highlighting its100 year plus commitment to hospitality and its strong commitment to its environmental initiative Terre Jones President of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts showed a video of the latest installment of the Face of America series Face of America 2012 Spirit of South Florida showcases Big Cypress National Preserve Biscayne National Park Dry Tortugas National Park and the Everglades National Park The live version will be premiered at the Filene Center in Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in September 2012 and features newly commissioned dances interpreting key themes of South Florida s National Parks Spirit of South Florida is the first of a three part series of Wolf Trap performances in celebration of the National Park Service s centennial in 2016 The session also featured a video from Former First Lady Laura Bush who thanked everyone present for their 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  • December 2011
    policy and operations dramatically NPHA is also planning a CONPAC gathering on the evening of January 26 with key Members of Congress Please RSVP to Julia Mitchell at jmitchell funoutdoors com if you would like to attend the NPHA Board meeting or CONPAC meeting The fall NPHA 2012 meeting will be on October 16 19 at the Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim More details soon Return to top NPS Institutes New Disposable Plastic Water Bottle Policy The National Park Service issued a policy on disposable plastic water bottles December 14 The policy states that NPS believes the use of disposable plastic water bottles has a significant negative environmental impact compared to the use of local tap water and refillable bottles The policy outlines the agency s effort to reduce plastic water bottle waste in parks while recognizing that a total ban on such bottles could pose a challenge to visitor safety The policy will encourage parks to have a robust recycling program and reduce the sale of disposable plastic water bottles through various methods including visitor education and making reusable bottles and water fountains available to visitors NPS will also provide parks an option to eliminate sales of disposable plastic water bottles on a park by park basis following an extensive review of the park s operations and with the prior approval of the regional director NPS will also require parks to develop a proactive visitor education strategy that addresses visitor expectations and explains the rationale for the park s plastic water bottle reduction recycling or elimination strategy Return to top Using Technology to Have Fun Outdoors The Bipartisan Policy Center hosted an engaging session recently on how to use technology in the outdoors to increase physical activity by Americans The meeting attracted some of the nation s best thinkers and people who think that the key to solving obesity is having fun The Center invited a great mix of innovators and traditionalists to the event Organizations like the Entertainment Software Association AARP Verizon National Association of State Boards of Education Active Network Girl Scouts of the USA Boy Scouts of America and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation joined techies like Hopelab Shinobi Labs Two Bulls and PreventObesity net The discussion also attracted heavyweights like Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis who was very engaged in the day s events For more information on lessons learned please contact Derrick Crandall at dcrandall funoutdoors com The day s program and list of participants are available here Return to top Tech Tip QR Codes You ve seen QR codes in ads and on products they re the black and white pictures that allow smartphone users to connect directly to websites Are you using QR codes to link users to your website All you need to create a QR code is a web address and a free QR code generator The National Park Service explains how here NPPC and Brand USA Collaborate at NTA America s national parks were featured at

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  • NPHA Newsletter November 2011
    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 value of parks and actions to expand the diversity of park visitors For a more in depth report on the Strategic Planning Session click here America s Summit on National Parks is an invitation only event that will unite traditional park champions with new supporters from the health education and tourism communities 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 For more information on the Summit click here and contact Julia Mitchell at jmitchell funoutdoors com Return to top Fort Monroe Becomes 396th Unit of National Park System President Barack Obama designated the 396th unit of the National Park System on November 1 using Antiquities Act authority Fort Monroe National Monument in Virginia s Tidewater region is a historic fort and steeped in the history of slavery the Civil War and the U S military Fort Monroe has played a strategic coastal defensive position since the early days of the Virginia Colony The fort remained in Union possession during the Civil War and became a refuge for escaped slaves Fort Monroe Commander General Benjamin Butler s Contraband Decision in 1861 provided a pathway to freedom for thousands of enslaved people during the Civil War and helped catalyze President Abraham Lincoln s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 President Obama s action was strongly supported by Virginia s Republican Governor Bob McDonnell and the state s bipartisan Congressional delegation The former military base will rely on partnership efforts for development and operation Fort Monroe is also one of 101 projects that have been highlighted as part of the America s Great Outdoors initiative For a complete list of AGO projects nationwide please click here To read the NPS news release on Fort Monroe s designation please click here Return to top NPS Announces Healthy Parks Healthy People U S Initiative Captain Charles Higgins Director of the NPS Office of Public Health released the NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People U S Strategic Action Plan click to see The plan was approved by NPS Director Jarvis The plan draws a vision and blueprint for NPS to join in the worldwide Healthy Parks Healthy People movement and provides a strategic framework that recognizes the unique role of parks and public lands in contributing to the health and well being of all species and the planet we share The plan is based on collaboration innovation and partnership NPS welcomes partner involvement in helping make these plans a reality As Captain Higgins notes partners are invited to contribute time money expertise enthusiasm inspiration imagination practical ideas and active collaboration to bring the action plan to life NPHA concessioners have already demonstrated a willingness to partner with NPS on its Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative NPHA helped raise health to a prominent level in the America s Great Outdoors initiative and played an active role in the spring 2011 Healthy Parks Healthy People meeting in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area ARAMARK and Delaware North Companies have highlighted healthy sustainable and creative meals at recent NPS events NPS will host the second Healthy Parks Healthy People Global Congress and EXPO in Miami Florida in the spring of 2014 The first Healthy Parks Healthy People Global Congress was hosted by Parks Victoria Australia in 2010 and spawned the global movement Captain Higgins is available at charles higgins nps gov Return to top Gallup Poll Shows Americans Choose Economy Over Environment Americans have dramatically changed their priorities since 2008 when considering the trade offs between economic growth and environmental protection Americans showed a strong preference for environmental protection as recently as 2007 in Gallup s national surveys But those priorities flipped in 2009 and pro economy attitudes have soared Gallup found the widest margin in nearly 30 years between Americans prioritizing economic growth or environmental protection in its 2011 polling Americans have given the environment higher priority since 1984 when Gallup first asked respondents to prioritize either economic growth or environmental protection Americans overall favored the environment over the economy by a better than 2 to 1 margin 67 to 28 in Gallup s 2000 Environment poll All major demographic subgroups which distinguish characteristics like age race gender political affiliation education and socio economic background were strongly pro environment at that time Americans began prioritizing the economy over the environment when the economic downturn began in 2008 and the Gallup poll in 2009 was the first to show a preference for economic growth The 2011 poll emphasized a dramatic shift towards a pro economy position in all major demographic subgroups but the greatest shifts have come from those on the political right Conservatives prioritized the environment over the economy by a 29 point margin in 2000 but prioritized the economy over the environment by 48 points in 2011 a total shift of 77 points in 11 years Liberals prioritized the environment by 52 points in 2000 and by 20 points in 2011 a shift of 32 points in the same time frame While the shift varies with political ideology the trend toward favoring the importance of the economy is marked for all Americans There is a much larger political difference on the issues of the environment and the economy in the public today than in 2000 Click here to see Gallup data from 2011 Data from 2010 and 2009 are here and here Return to top New Study Reveals Even Young Children Using Digital Media A new Common Sense Media study shows media devices have an increasingly large impact on the way even young children experience the world and receive information The study titled Zero to Eight Children s Media Use in America continues

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  • National Park Hospitality Association - Upcoming Events
    2015 Fed Parks and Rec August 7 2015 Fed Parks and Rec July 24 2015 Fed Parks and Rec Bulletin 8 July 20 2015 Fed Parks and Rec July 10 2015 Fed Parks and Rec June 12 2015 Fed Parks and Rec May 15 2015 Fed Parks and Rec May 1 2015 Fed Parks and Rec Bulletin 5 April 27 2015 Fed Parks and Rec April 17 2015 Fed Parks and Rec April 3 2015 Fed Parks and Rec March 13 2015 Fed Parks and Rec February 27 2015 Fed Parks and Rec February 13 2015 Fed Parks and Rec January 30 2015 Fed Parks and Rec January 16 2015 Fed Parks and Rec Bulletin 1 January 12 2015 Fed Parks and Rec December 19 2014 Federal Parks and Rec Bulletin 12 December 15 2014 Fed Parks and Rec November 21 2014 Fed Parks and Rec November 7 2014 Fed Parks and Rec October 24 2014 Fed Parks and Rec October 10 2014 Fed Parks and Rec September 26 2014 Fed Parks and Rec September 12 2014 Fed Parks and Rec August 29 2014 Fed Parks and Rec August 1 2014 Fed Parks and Rec July 18 2014 Fed Parks and Rec July 3 2014 Fed Parks and Rec June 20 2014 Fed Parks and Rec June 6 2014 Fed Parks and Rec May 23 2014 Federal Actions Park Partners Resource Guide Contact Park Partners 2014 and Beyond About NPHA Upcoming Events America s Summit on National Parks January 24 26 2012 Washington D C The official Summit website is www 2016parksummit org America s Summit on National Parks will unite traditional park champions with new supporters from the health education and tourism communities And participants will include top national and bipartisan political figures from the Congress from the current

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  • Please Log In
    2015 Fall Meeting 2015 Annual Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting 2014 Annual Meeting News Releases Become a Member Members Only Federal Actions Park Partners Resource Guide Contact Park Partners 2014 and Beyond About NPHA Please Log In The content you requested is protected Please enter the access password Access Password National Park Hospitality Association 1200 G Street N W Suite 650 Washington D C 20005 Tel 202 682 9530 FAX 202

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