Celebrate our national parks with a visit in 2017

Posted in: Cultural Resources

find-sequoia-graphic-300x200pxLast year marked the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service and the best way to continue to honor the celebration is by visiting a park. There are 58 national parks in the United States, many of them feature historic preservation programs that protect and interpret our parks.

While in graduate school, I spent a summer helping the NPS with Historic American Engineering Record documentation of the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park. Through this work, my appreciation for the vast number of cultural resources within our national parks grew.

The year-long anniversary celebration culminated in the passage of the National Park Service Centennial Act. The Act provides funding, improvements and new tools to help the NPS advance its mission in the next century.

Centennial News provides updates on national park activities while sites such as Visionary Leaders identifies the men and women who made important contributions. Resources like these will help you better understand how the national park system evolved and was developed.

To plan a visit, check out Find Your Park. This interactive web portal will help you find a national park and share your experience on social media with friends and family. Another great trip planning resources is National Park Maps, where you can find the iconic and popular maps of individual national parks.

In a recent search I rediscovered Sequoia National Park, which got me thinking of making a visit to see an old favorite. Where are you thinking of visiting in 2017?

Christina Slattery

About the Author

Christina Slattery specializes in historic preservation of transportation and engineering structures. She evaluates the significance of properties ranging from missile defense systems to road corridors, and develops creative mitigation strategies for projects.

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