As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary we can all support and encourage those among us who have yet to experience the wonders of nature. Part of a broad coalition of public land advocates The Joy Trip Project is working to help shape and illustrate a vision for the next 100 years of service to environmental protection that includes the practical interests of all Americans. In a policy document drafted for President Barack Obama our coalition has outlined five key areas upon which the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture can focus their attention in order to make the management and conservation of public land more diverse and inclusive. These areas of focus include:
* Access to Public Lands
* Historical, spiritual, sacred and cultural preservation
* Landscape-Scale Conservation
* Stakeholder Engagement
* Workforce Diversity
The details of the policy document and vision statement for the Centennial Initiative are available online in a petition at Change.org Under the authority of an executive order these policy items can be used to direct a philosophical change in how federal agencies and non-profit preservation groups create and implement strategies for the thoughtful protection of public land. The coalition is asking President Obama to issue a Presidential Memorandum on the Centennial Anniversary date of the National Park Service, August 25, 2016. And with the support of the American people as demonstrated by those who sign the petition it would indeed be possible to create a cultural environment where everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity or socio-economic status is made to feel welcome to enjoy the natural world.
In order to prompt members of Congress and the heads of various organizations across the country to support this vision the Joy Trip Project aims to connect with real people at different sites around the country. We want to get their impressions of how these policies might impact the future. Through a series of audio and video interviews called the New Century Vision Project I hope to demonstrate that the idea of more inclusive public land management has merit and is worth pursuing. With any luck we might indeed establish a new conservation movement for all Americans that will last well into the next century.
The New Century Vision Project is supported by Choose Outdoors