WASHINGTON – The recipients of the 2017 National Park Service Director’s Partnership Awards are being recognized for providing fantastic opportunities for people to connect with amazing places and stories. Through the power of these partnerships, visitors can hike to the top of a volcano, explore new visitor centers and exhibits, conduct vital species inventories, fuel their interest in the auto industry, and take part in summer camps and other special programs.
"Each year, these awards celebrate great partnerships and great accomplishments,” said Acting Director Michael T. Reynolds. “This year's recipients demonstrate the breadth and depth of what can be achieved through partnerships with the National Park Service. They exemplify the important work partners carry out every day in national parks and communities across the country."
National Park Service partners engage in a wide variety of complex, multi-year projects that align with and include local, state and national organizations, agencies, schools, universities, museums, and corporations, among others. Their accomplishments, which reflect years of planning, work, communication, and collaboration, deepen our experiences and bring home the meaning and importance of our nation's special places, people, and stories.
Public-private partnerships on public lands play a crucial part in the Administration’s infrastructure agenda. The Department of the Interior is dedicated to expanding and replicating successful public private partnerships in National Parks to update and build more campgrounds, provide transportation within parks, rebuild trails, and improve things like bathrooms, picnic areas, and other facilities, thereby addressing the deferred maintenance issue.
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