Advocating for National Parks- Preserving our Past, Protecting our Future
Presenter: Tracy Kramer, Southeast Outreach and Engagement Manager for National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) will present on protecting our national parks and advocating for clean air, water, wildlife habitat, landscape conservation and cultural heritage preservation. She will also share how NPCA is focused on reaching out to young people and diverse audiences to get them outside into the parks and help to create the next generation of conservation advocates.
Tuition: $5 Prepay Lisa at the Welcome Center
Course Time and Date: 9:30 – 11:30 am, Friday November 8
Location: Chota Rec Center, Room D
In the 19th century, early settlers moving westward began sending back reports of the beauty and grandeur of the land they were moving through, and voices including that of naturalist John Muir began advocating for the need for safeguards. During the Civil War, Congress and President Lincoln put the Yosemite area under the protection of California; in 1872 President Grant commissioned Yellowstone as a national park. These first steps established what became and remains a wholly American, wholly unique institution: a national park system. When he was president, Teddy Roosevelt (1901-1909) became a persistent and devoted patron of the park system. During his administration, five new parks, 18 national monuments, four national game refuges, 51 bird sanctuaries, and more than 100 million acres of national forest all became part of the system. It has continued to grow and evolve in the years since then, with the 2016 commissioning of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. (National Geographic, May 26 2010,nationalgeographic.com)
Presenter: The charge for all succeeding generations from the founding of the National Park system has been to protect, conserve, and preserve this extraordinary American legacy. Tracy Kramer will address this mission. She will focus on both the need and the ways in which NPCA works to maintain and ensure the mandate of the national park system now and into the future.