Category Archives: Parks

Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network

Source: Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network, February 2009

The goal of the Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network is to promote the use of valid, reliable data as a key element in improving the delivery of public services. In support of the Network, the National Center for Public Performance has implemented a series of initiatives: a comprehensive and continuously updated database of publications and cases; national conferences and workshops; publications of measurement-based books and articles; an Online Public Performance Measurement Certificate; and a monthly e-newsletter.

The communities are as follows: 311, Public Health, Municipal Performance, Nonprofit, Parks, Libraries, Transit, Education.

The State of Our National Parks: A Resources Index

Source: National Parks Conservation Association, 2008

From the press release:
As millions of Americans head to our country’s national parks for the upcoming July 4 weekend, a new report from the nation’s leading voice for the national parks, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), offers the first-ever, science-based evaluation of the condition of the natural and cultural resources in the National Park System, including the wildlife, scenic vistas, historic buildings, and artifacts that visitors are hoping to see.

According to NPCA’s report, The State of Our National Parks: A Resources Index, national parks earned lower than acceptable scores, indicating serious, yet surmountable challenges. Based on this assessment by its Center for State of the Parks, NPCA is calling for action from the next Administration and Congress.
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Fact Sheet

Center for the State of the Parks: Park Assessments — National Parks of the Great Lakes

Source: National Parks Conservation Association, State of the Parks, July 2007

From the press release:
The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today released a report that highlights threats to the natural features and cultural sites in six national parks along the Great Lakes–Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin; Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana; Isle Royale National Park, Michigan; Keweenaw National Historical Park, Michigan; Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan; and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan.

The report describes these sites and their significance, and summarizes resource conditions. Also noted are funding and staffing considerations, park planning efforts, resource education opportunities, and external support provided by volunteers and partner organizations.

According to NPCA’s Center for State of the Parks report, the Great Lakes parks face threats from air and water pollution, non-native species that are seriously damaging ecosystems, adjacent development, and funding shortfalls that are threatening every aspect of the parks.
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Searchable E-book: U.S. National Parks List

Source: askSam

Search a database of over 400 National Parks from the National Parks Service. The U.S. National Park Service cares for and protects national parks. People from all around the world visit national parks. There are nearly 400 natural, cultural and recreational sites across the nation. This eBook provides name, location, contact information and a short description for over 400 National Parks, monuments, historical sites, and more. The text is extremely useful in a searchable eBook.