Sunday, October 25, 2009

Looking to the Future of our National Parks

On Thursday, November 5th, the Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will be holding a public meeting called Looking to the Future of our National Parks.

Various speakers from the National Park Service, the National Parks Conservation Association and others will be on hand to discuss a recent report on the future of the National Park System.

The report was the final product of the National Parks Second Century Commission that was published in late September. Presented to the President and Congress, the report included a list of recommendations to guide the park into the future. You can find a summary of the recommendations here.

Commissioners Denis Galvin, Former Deputy Director of the National Park Service, and Stephen H. Lockhart, MD, PhD and Chairman of the Board of the Yosemite National Institutes will lead public dialogue about how the Commission's recommendations relate to the parks in the region.

Public input will be encouraged. "Rumor" has it that there will be an online public forum the day before where citizens will have an opportunity to ask the commissioners questions. So far, there is no mention of this on the website, however, you may want to check back as the event draws closer.

The event will be held on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center (1640 Cumberland Ave; Knoxville, TN). The event is free and open to the public.

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