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Science, Conservation, and National Parks$
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Steven R. Beissinger, David D. Ackerly, Holly Doremus, and Gary E. Machlis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226422954

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226423142.001.0001

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Strategic Conversation: Mission and Relevance of National Parks

Strategic Conversation: Mission and Relevance of National Parks

Chapter:
(p.64) Four Strategic Conversation: Mission and Relevance of National Parks
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Science, Conservation, and National Parks
Author(s):
Kelly A. Kulhanek, Lauren C. Ponisio, Adam C. Schneider, Rachel E. Walsh
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226423142.003.0004

On 25 August 1916, the National Park Service Organic Act was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, thereby establishing the agency and its mission in a mere 731 words. The key mission, still in force today, is “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Since then, the demographic, social, political, environmental, and economic landscape of the United States has dramatically changed. This strategic discussion, which transpired at the Berkeley summit “Science for Parks, Parks for Science” on 26 March 2015, focuses on the legacy of the National Park Service mission, its relevance in the 21st century, and protected area management.

Keywords:   mission of parks, national parks, protected area management, relevance of parks

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