July 2017 NASPD Newsletter
July 2017 NASPD Newsletter
Summer Greetings!
It is indeed the traditional season to enjoy the great outdoors. May your plans for the summer include visiting one or more of America’s State Parks. State parks across the country provide wonderful outdoor recreation experiences and unique historic, scientific and environment education opportunities. The 18 million plus acres provide for great diversity — from the vastness of a half a million acres mountainous landscape, to the colorful intricacies of a living coral reef, to the world’s longest stalactite formation, to historic locations where European settlers first came to America, and much, much more.

Thank you for your interest in the VISTAS newsletter, another voice for America’s State Parks. Our goal is to provide you with these brief updates regularly. Please share items of interest, and know that your feedback and advocacy are welcomed.

The mosaic of natural resources and the cultural fabric of America and the splendor of the beauty of state parks are grand. Both remote and resort in their offerings, America’s State Parks are yours to explore and experience!
NASPD Board Members in
Washington, D.C.
LWCF Legislation as of July 13, 2017

Several NASPD board members met with multiple Senators, Representatives, and senior policy staff in support of Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Here are a few important LWCF updates the board members learned during their D.C. visit. Please share the information with your membership.

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Annual Information Exchange (AIX)
Annual Report
July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016

The Annual Information Exchange (AIX) reports are designed and intended primarily for us by the state park directors and their staff for various purposes, such as identifying program, facility and personnel needs, formulating budgetary requests for state legislatures, and comparing their programs with those of the other states.

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2017 NASPD Conference - September 5-8, 2017
Montana State Parks is hosting the 2017 National Association of State Park Directors Conference in Missoula. This year's theme is “Setting the Course" and we hope you join us!

For information about registration, lodging and events please visit the website.

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America’s State Parks 2017 Photo Contest
Help promote the contest through July 31

America's State Parks in partnership with ReserveAmerica.com launched a photo contest for everyone to share their love for state parks across the country.

Share the contest with the public now through July 31, 2017! Visit the website to see all the great submissions, and to learn more about the guidelines and prizes!

    Photo Contest    
Board Member Erika Rivers
North-Central Region (MN)

In this issue, we are sharing info about Erika Rivers, Director of Minnesota Division of Parks and Trails, who also serves as then NASPD North-Central Regional board.

Check out her accomplishments below and make sure to connect at the 2017 NASPD Conference in September!

    Erika's Bio   
Granite Mountain Hotshots
Memorial State Park
June 30, 2018 marks the 4th anniversary of the loss of 19 wildland firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

This year CNN and NBC Nightly News continues the memory of these brave men with a feature on Arizona's new Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park.

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Next Event September 23, 2017

The premise for LET’S CAMP AMERICA! is to promote the vast array of camping resources across all 50 State Park systems and to specifically bolster the awareness of camping resources close to home in each individual State Park system.

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