January 2018 Print


Coy Vaughn, Director
Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation, Michigan


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NACPRO submits comments on National Park Service’s proposed entrance fee increase

On December 20, 2017, the NACPRO Board of Directors submitted comments to the National Park Service regarding their proposal to increase entrance fees during peak season at 17 major national parks across the United States.

For more information: https://goo.gl/YKAD99


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Leaving a Memorable Impression
Courtesy of NRPA

By Betty Brennan, Taylor Studios

Big iconic elements can amplify the visitor experience, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Horicon Marsh understood this when it decided to have 3 miles of rebar, 7,000 pounds of metal, 300 pounds of wire and 16,000 individual small pieces welded together to create a life-size Woolly Mammoth and Paleo hunter as an entry experience to its Explorium learning center.

Bret Owsley, wildlife management district supervisor of WI DNR, says, “The mammoth is the most photographed thing in the state of Wisconsin.

Read more: https://goo.gl/hJrA1h


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Charleston County Parks’ Executive Director honored as Professional of the Year by the South Carolina
Courtesy of CCPRC

On Dec. 13, 2017, the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission’s (CCPRC) executive director was honored with a statewide award. At their annual conference, the South Carolina Recreation and Park Association (SCRPA) presented their Professional of the Year award to David Bennett.

Charleston native David Bennett has devoted his entire professional career to serving in the park and recreation industry. David began his career as a part-time employee at CCPRC 30 years ago, and was soon promoted to full time as recreation program specialist, where he started the popular Lowcountry Cajun Festival at James Island County Park. He was named chief operating officer in 2010, and became executive director of the agency in 2017 following the retirement of Tom O’Rourke. Among many accomplishments throughout his career, David led the efforts in creating CCPRC’s ten core values, which are now considered the guiding principles of the agency.

Read more: https://goo.gl/3fexd9


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How Cities Can Harness the Flood-Fighting Powers of Urban Parks
Courtesy of Next City

By Rachel Dovey

In April 2017, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) released a survey suggesting that while parks are key in the fight against climate change — municipal parks’ agencies create bike paths, protect green space and implement water diversion tactics — funding challenges often thwart greater environmental engagement.

Now, in partnership with the American Planning Association and the Low Impact Development Center, NRPA has released a more technical guide outlining the nuts and bolts (or rather, constructed wetlands and bioswales) of green stormwater infrastructure, including finer details, like how to engage local communities and, yes, secure funding. Taken with NRPA’s other 2017 releases, it reads as a call-to-arms for parks agencies that want to take on the wet, hot and increasingly unpredictable problems of a warming world in their own backyards, one flood management strategy at a time.

Read more: https://goo.gl/9sdCfz


New higher sea level projections — mapped and unpacked
Courtesy of Climate Central

A new study published today in Earth’s Future draws on recent Antarctic ice sheet modeling to make a central projection of roughly 5 feet (1.5 meters) of global mean sea level rise this century — close to doubling the most recent projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. At the same time, the study indicates 21st century sea-level rise could be kept to less than two feet if greenhouse gas emissions are aggressively and immediately reduced.

At Climate Central we are co-releasing maps and decade-by-decade local sea-level rise and coastal flood risk projections that integrate this new research, to help you explore its implications.

For more information: https://goo.gl/KoLoEY


CDC Recommendations to Increase Physical Activity
Courtesy of CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking

The USC Prevention Research Center Notes reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a 2-page handout of real-world examples of built environment interventions and answers to frequently asked questions. It highlights 8 communities across the US that implemented strategies to increase active transportation and land use or design policies encouraging outdoor activity.

Read more: https://goo.gl/9dhDBn


Economic Impacts of Outdoor Recreation
Courtesy of CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking

Outdoor recreation is a driving force in the American economy, generating more than $887 billion in annual spending and supporting tens of millions of jobs across the country. The American Recreation Coalition's new report "Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2018" covers the economic benefits of America's Great Outdoors.

For more information: https://goo.gl/SbZQog


Get Out: Nurturing a Bond between Black People and Nature
Courtesy of SORP

Is nature a white thing? It can certainly seem so. A 2011 National Park Service survey found that just 7 percent of all park system visitors were black. But there is a growing effort to nurture the relationship between African-Americans and the outdoors. Online clubs and social media groups geared at getting African-Americans into the wilderness are having real impact.

We explore the roots of this relationship and speak with some of the leaders of the movement to get African-Americans to get out.

Read more and listen: https://goo.gl/E9CF6J


Adverse Possession Claims in Parkland
Courtesy of NRPA

By James C. Kozlowski, J.D., Ph.D.

In many instances, the boundaries between public parkland and surrounding private property are not clearly delineated. Over time, some private landowners have had a tendency to encroach on an adjacent public park through seemingly innocuous landscaping activities, like mowing the grass or planting a garden. Whether innocent or intentional, such encroachments on public parkland constitute a trespass to land and are subject to immediate removal at the expense of the neighboring private landowner.

As governed by statute in a given jurisdiction, an open, notorious and hostile trespass to land over a specified period could give rise to a claim of adverse possession by a private landowner against a neighboring property. However, as a majority rule, adverse possession does not apply to the state and its political subdivisions, including public parklands. In the cases described herein, private landowners argued unsuccessfully that their continued and ongoing encroachment into adjacent parkland over a long period somehow gave rise to a claim of legal ownership via adverse possession.

Read more: https://goo.gl/BLACjw


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Memphis Finds a Loophole to Rid Two Parks of Confederate Monuments
Courtesy of Planetizen

TENNESSEE - "The city of Memphis sold two public parks containing Confederate monuments to a nonprofit Wednesday in a massive, months-in-the-planning operation to take the statues down overnight," reports Ryan Poe.

German Lopez picked up the news of the statues' demise for Vox, noting that the "mostly white" State Legislature fought to protect the statues while the "mostly black" city found a way to bring them down.

The state is expected to file a lawsuit to reverse the sale of the parks.

Read more: https://goo.gl/FY6Suf


National park visits could drop by 64 percent
Courtesy of snewsnet.com

By Kristen Kuchardec

It comes as no surprise that there are ramifications to Zinke’s plan to raise National Park entrance fees by almost triple the current cost.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they are less likely to visit a national park if the admission cost does in fact increase, according to a new poll commissioned by the Outdoor Alliance For Kids. Of the 1,000 adults surveyed nationwide, 64 percent would be not as likely to visit parks with the higher fees proposed by the Trump administration. Sixty-eight percent oppose the potential fee hikes entirely.

Read more: https://goo.gl/LDBwBT


Stop trying to militarize Interior, Ryan Zinke
Courtesy of High Country News

By Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Arizona

Zinke has surprised many with his willingness to support President Donald Trump’s extreme environmental policies, including the recent attempt to erase most of two national monuments in Utah from the map. Those policies have extended to the attempted dismantling of the Interior Department itself, which, as Zinke recently told Outside Magazine, he plans to reorganize along the lines of a “military command.” He indicated to Congress earlier this year that this plan will include losing approximately 4,000 Interior staff and slashing the department’s budget by $1.6 billion.

This plan has not improved Interior’s already low staff morale, which Zinke damaged earlier this year when he claimed (inaccurately) that a large percentage of personnel were not loyal to “the flag.” To boost esprit de corps, he has installed a deer-hunting video game at headquarters and instituted “bring a dog to work day,” neither of which have had any effect on the underlying substantive reason employees are worried.

As part of his reorganization, Zinke intends to move the headquarters of several agencies more than a thousand miles from Washington, D.C., to be closer to what he calls “the front line.” As he describes it, these drastic moves will result in multiple agencies with different missions operating under what he calls a “Joint Management Agency” structure similar to a joint military command.

Read more: https://goo.gl/gJAqBQ


Chouinard’s terse response to Congress
Courtesy of snewsnet.com

By Kristin Hostetter

The GOP extended an invitation to Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia's founder, to come speak his truth about public lands in front of the House National Resources Committee.

In a nutshell, here's the deal. Patagonia and various GOP officials have been duking it out via twitter and very public homepage statements about the way in which America values, treats, supports, and best uses its sacred public lands.

Chouinard fired back two paragraphs that essentially says "thanks, but no thanks."

Read more: https://goo.gl/bmgPAo


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Webinar: Communicating the Benefits of Trails
Courtesy of CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking

Date: January 11, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Megan Lawson & Kelly Pohl (Headwaters Economics)
Cost: $19 members / $39 nonmembers
Host: American Trails

For more information: https://goo.gl/KyBQ5H


Webinar: Understanding RV Consumer and Product Trends

Date: January 24, 2018
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern
Cost: Free for SORP members, $45 for non-members
Host: Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

SORP will continue its webinar series "Developing Campgrounds for Today's Visitor". This next webinar will feature RVIA. RVIA will discuss the factors behind the rapid growth of the industry, recent shifts in consumer demographics, wants and needs of the next generation of RVer, campaigns aimed at marketing the RV lifestyle, evolving product trends, resources available to assist public/private agencies, and the significant need for campground modernization and expansion across the country to accommodate the demand of the booming RV industry.

For more information: https://goo.gl/UHVHuk


Webinar: Trail Construction Cost Realities
Courtesy of CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking

Date: February 22, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Margie Tatro (Reineke Construction)
Cost: $19 members / $39 nonmembers
Host: American Trails

For more information: https://goo.gl/nSLRFc


Walk/Bike/Places 2018: Call for Proposals

September 16-19, 2018 - New Orleans, Louisiana

More than 1,500 planners, placemakers, designers, researchers, students, engineers, advocates, and others will converge on New Orleans for Walk/Bike/Places 2018. If you want to share your knowledge at North America’s largest active transportation and Placemaking conference, make sure you submit a proposal to be considered.

The call for proposals closes Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8 pm Eastern.

For more information: https://goo.gl/wRSDUM


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Executive Director
Hoffman Estates Park District, Illinois
Posted November 14, 2017. Closes January 8, 2018.

Director of Recreation and Parks
City of Denton, Texas
Posted December 6, 2017. Closes January 8, 2018.

For more information: http://nacpro.org/Job_Posts


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