National Park Service Centennial
In August 2016, the nation celebrated “America’s best idea,” the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, which was achieved when President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Organic Act of 1916. The National Park Service (NPS) is comprised of more than 400 areas covering more 84 million acres in every state, territory, and the District of Columbia. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and even the White House.
NPS has organized a national celebration and STS is complementing that effort by organizing a summer-long initiative to ensure the national event pays dividends for states and local communities. See the "Read More" documents for background and messaging on the key elements of the National Park Service Centennial, the Southeast Centennial Initiative, and key advocacy positions to ensure that the national parks and tourism in the Southeast thrives into a second century.
PHOTO: Bill Hardman with the Find Your Park, NPS Centennial Flag, now available for purchase
The Flag "Celebrating the Special Places of the Southeast"
A video presentation on Southeast National Parks
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