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USNPS International Affairs The National Park Service International Program promotes and facilitates collaboration in preserving The 'national park idea,' spawned and nurtured with the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, has contributed to the creation of over 1,200 national parks and equivalent reserves worldwide.

They have been referred to as 'Yellowstone's children.' It is not surprising then that many nations turn to the U.S. for advice and assistance on park planning and management and that park staff from around the world come in a regular flow to observe park operations in the U.S. and discuss problems of mutual interest... it is reportedly impossible for the National Park Service to keep up with the

They have been referred to as 'Yellowstone's children.' It is not surprising then that many nations turn to the U.S. for advice and assistance on park planning and management and that park staff from around the world come in a regular flow to observe park operations in the U.S. and discuss problems of mutual interest... it is reportedly impossible for the National Park Service to keep up with the

Operating as usual

Our friend and partner at the #WildFoundation, Vance Martin, among many others, is quoted in this excellent article abou...
04/12/2022
‘Nature has priority’: Rewilding map showcases nature-led restoration

Our friend and partner at the #WildFoundation, Vance Martin, among many others, is quoted in this excellent article about #rewilding -

In the past decade, the European bison (Bison bonasus) has made a comeback in Central and Eastern Europe. Hunters had killed the last known bison in the region nearly a century ago. But thanks to reintroduction programs in Belarus, Poland, Russia and Romania, nearly four times as many bison are aliv...

Please contact stephen_morris@nps.gov if you'd like to listen into a presentation on "Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, A...
04/11/2022

Please contact [email protected] if you'd like to listen into a presentation on "Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea," by former NPS officials Rolf Diamant & Ethan Carr, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 1pm ET (Washington, DC).

The authors will discuss how both Central Park in New York and Yosemite Valley in California became public parks during the tumultuous and transformative years before and during the Civil War and Reconstruction, and how anti-slavery activism, war, and remaking the federal government, gave rise to national parks. In this context, the authors closely examine Frederick Law Olmsted's 1865 Yosemite Report as an aspirational postwar vision of making great public parks institutions of renewed democracy.

Absent from this vision were Native Americans whose lands were used to expedite these Republican land policies. The political ideology of American parks, as Olmsted presented it, was complex and had international ramifications. The transition of Yosemite Valley into a public park demonstrated the strength and benefits of a republican form of government at a time when republican movements in Europe were struggling against anti-democratic oligarchical rule.

Join us Tuesday, April 19th - 9am ET (1pm UTC) - for a webinar by the #IsraelNatureandParksAuthority, the #NationalParkS...
04/08/2022

Join us Tuesday, April 19th - 9am ET (1pm UTC) - for a webinar by the #IsraelNatureandParksAuthority, the #NationalParkService
and #SouthAfricanNationalParks on Control of Invasive Plants in Protected Areas.

Summary: Invasive plants can disrupt ecosystems even in highly protected National Parks and Protected Areas. Learn how national parks in Israel, the United States, and South Africa are taking action to tackle invasive plant species by treatment and removal.

Join this Microsoft Teams webinar to learn about
new approaches in combatting invasive plants

Contact [email protected] to join the webinar via Microsoft Teams

Along with our National Tourism Program Manager Donnie Leadbetter, we hosted our first, live, in-person international de...
04/07/2022

Along with our National Tourism Program Manager Donnie Leadbetter, we hosted our first, live, in-person international delegation, from #tajikistan, thanks to State Department's #InternationalVisitorLeadershipProgram (IVLP), who are visiting the U.S. to learn more about #adventuretourism

Having just returned to our government offices after the past two pandemic years, these beautiful calendars celebrating ...
04/05/2022

Having just returned to our government offices after the past two pandemic years, these beautiful calendars celebrating 60 years of #nationalparks in #thailand, had been delivered to us, a gift from our colleagues at the #thailandnationalparks agency. Belatedly, we send our Thai colleagues thanks, and congratulations - the calendars are for 2021.

The NPS International Volunteer in Parks (IVIP) Program Coordinator, Linda Bennett, presented an introductory webinar to...
04/04/2022

The NPS International Volunteer in Parks (IVIP) Program Coordinator, Linda Bennett, presented an introductory webinar today to national park staff. Each year, OIA coordinates nearly 100 programs for foreign students and professionals who contribute their time and talents to projects in the parks.

Parks play an essential part in hosting and training "IVIPs". Since the program is not widely known even among park volunteer coordinators, it was a great opportunity share it with them. Not only do international volunteers benefit, but parks staff do too from exchanging best practices and gaining new insights into managing resources.

#worldmonumentsfund has published it's 2022 Watch List of the world's 25 most vulnerable #culturalheritage sites -
04/01/2022
World Monuments Fund Spotlights 25 Endangered Cultural Sites

#worldmonumentsfund has published it's 2022 Watch List of the world's 25 most vulnerable #culturalheritage sites -

Parks, buildings and cultural sites in Brazil, China, Egypt and the U.S. are deteriorating because of climate change and unsustainable tourism.

The past two years gave the ecosystem at #protectedareas like #Thailand's  #HatNoppharatthara national park time to reco...
03/31/2022
In Thailand, the pandemic helped a famous beach recover from an onslaught of tourists

The past two years gave the ecosystem at #protectedareas like #Thailand's #HatNoppharatthara national park time to recover from visitation -

The Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach helped put Maya Bay on the "must see" list of every visitor to Thailand. But that proved too much for its delicate ecosystem. The pandemic helped change that.

Our office has worked closely with the #ohiohistoryconnection and #HopewellCulturenationalhistoricalpark on the nominati...
03/30/2022

Our office has worked closely with the #ohiohistoryconnection and #HopewellCulturenationalhistoricalpark on the nomination for #hopewellculture to be inscribed on the #unescoworldheritage list.

#InteriorDepartment Secretary #DebHaaland recently helped kick off the 2022 #nationalcherryblossomfestival in #washingto...
03/29/2022

#InteriorDepartment Secretary #DebHaaland recently helped kick off the 2022 #nationalcherryblossomfestival in #washingtondc with #JapaneseAmbassador Koji Tomita, another reminder of the international bonds of friendship between #japan and the #nationalparkservice, which manages the 3,000+ cherry trees that were a gift to the United States a century ago.

Today is the International Day of Remembrance of Slavery Victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  Some of our nationa...
03/25/2022
Event Details (U.S. National Park Service)

Today is the International Day of Remembrance of Slavery Victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Some of our national parks, such as #neworleansjazznationalhistoricalpark commemorate this day, such as they did last year -

Timeline photos
03/24/2022

Timeline photos

The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in Ohio have been nominated to become America’s next UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is composed of eight archeological sites in southern Ohio, located within both Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and properties owned by the State of Ohio and the Ohio History Connection. The earthworks were built during the middle Woodland period (1,500 – 2,200 years ago) by people now referred to as the Hopewell Culture. Artifacts, which are among the most outstanding art objects produced in pre-Columbian North America, show that those who built the earthworks interacted with people as far away as the Yellowstone basin and Florida.

The nomination will be considered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in the summer of 2023. If designated, the earthworks would join Stonehenge, Mesa Verde and the Nazca Lines in Peru as examples of monumental works by ancient peoples recognized on the list. Learn more about the nomination at: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/hopewell-ceremonial-earthworks-unesco-nomination.htm

The National Park Service manages all or part of 19 of the 24 World Heritage Sites in the United States. USNPS International Affairs
works to facilitate cooperation between the National Park Service and counterpart agencies around the globe and to increase environmental and cultural awareness throughout the world. Learn more at: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1955/whatwedo.htm

Image: On a foggy morning, the sun rises behind a earthen mounds at the Mound City Group. NPS photo/S.Knisley

Calling all #nationalpark filmmakers.  #Italy's #SondrioEnvironmentalFilmFestival has just issued a call for films for t...
03/21/2022

Calling all #nationalpark filmmakers. #Italy's #SondrioEnvironmentalFilmFestival has just issued a call for films for the 2022 Festival - https://www.sondriofestival.it/en

CALL FOR NATURE FILM ENTRIES FOR SONDRIO FESTIVAL 2022

Film entries are open for Sondrio Festival 2022 – International Documentary Film Festival on Parks (36thedition, to be held between 29th October and 6th November 2022 in Sondrio, Italy).

The Festival is open to film-makers of documentaries featuring naturalistic, ethnographic and managerial aspects of National Parks, Nature Reserves and other types of Protected Areas.

Films selected for the Festival will be considered for the First Prize “Town of Sondrio" Award (4,000 Euros), the “Stelvio National Park” Award (3,000 Euros) and, for films shot in the European Union, the “Lombardy Region” Award (3,000 Euros),

Other prizes include the “Jury of the Audience” Award, the “Jury of the Students” Award and the “Renata Viviani” Special Award (1,500 Euros), given by a special jury of representatives of the Italian Alpine Club.

The Festival organization may create new categories out of competition for films that address environmental, agricultural and conservation issues, as well as sustainable development and human activities.

Films should be entered not later than 20th May 2022.

There is no entry fee.

Sondrio Festival is managed by ASSOMIDOP, an association comprising Sondrio Town Council, the Italian Alpine Club, the B.I.M. Consortium, the Stelvio National Park and Orobie Valtellinesi Nature Park.

Announcing the first #NationalTrails website translated entirely into #spanishlanguage at our #usnationalparkservice uni...
03/18/2022
¡Felicidades! El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail Announces First Fully Translated Spanish Website in the National Trails System (U.S. National Park Service)

Announcing the first #NationalTrails website translated entirely into #spanishlanguage at our #usnationalparkservice unit #elcaminorealdetierraadentro -

The National Trails Office is proud to announce that the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail website has been translated into Spanish. This is the first fully translated Spanish website for a national trail, which is significant because of the trail’s extensive multicultural a...

Great to see that a major streaming platform is offering this series about #nationalparks around the world -
03/16/2022
Our Great National Parks | Official Trailer | Netflix

Great to see that a major streaming platform is offering this series about #nationalparks around the world -

An epic five-part series narrated by President Barack Obama that invites viewers to celebrate and discover the power of our planet’s greatest national parks ...

Thanks to the #USEmbassyVilnius for convening an interesting exchange of experiences managing visitors to #nationalparks...
03/15/2022

Thanks to the #USEmbassyVilnius for convening an interesting exchange of experiences managing visitors to #nationalparks between #acadianationalpark and colleagues from #estonia, #latvia and #lithuania, the fourth in a series of webinars our office has organized.

Our #unescoworldheritagesite #CahokiaMounds will welcome the #springequinox this Sunday -
03/14/2022

Our #unescoworldheritagesite #CahokiaMounds will welcome the #springequinox this Sunday -

So there is NO confusion - The Spring Equinox begins at 6:45 at Woodhenge site with Bill Iseminger giving an early presentation.
Parking is available, so come visit with us...on Sunday, March 20, 2022

Short feature on #nationalparks in #costarica by #nationalgeographic that mentions one of the sites, #sanlucasisland tha...
03/11/2022
Five off-the-beaten-track national parks to visit in Costa Rica

Short feature on #nationalparks in #costarica by #nationalgeographic that mentions one of the sites, #sanlucasisland that our #goldengatenationalrecreationarea is partnered as a sister park with -

Around 28% of the land in Costa Rica is protected — due in no small part to the fact the Central American country is home to a whopping 30 national parks. By contrast, the UK — nearly five times the size of Costa Rica — has just 15. From a former prison site to a turtle-nesting hotspot, here a...

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We work closely with the #USDepartmentofState's Bureau of Oceans, Environmental Health, Science and Technology - #OESTH - and their new Assistant Secretary Monica Medina has published this #dipnote on climate and environment for 2022 - https://www.state.gov/dipnote-u-s-department-of-state-official-blog/conserving-biodiversity-the-cornerstone-of-the-bureaus-work-in-2022/
Last month we provided a webinar on #rockart in the #nationalparkservice for colleagues in #africa and discussed graffiti. Now we unfortunately have experienced more such #vandalism at #bigbendnationalpark - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/09/us/big-bend-park-rock-vandalism.html
Earlier today we recorded a greeting from our office to new #nationalparkservice Director Chuck Sams.
New insights into life at one of #America's #worldheritage sites, #cahokiamounds - https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210412-the-us-lost-ancient-megacity
Let us know if you plan to attend the #2ndasiaparkscongress - https://2nd-asia-parks-congress.sabahparks.org.my/
Updates on potential World Heritage sites at risk - https://english.onlinekhabar.com/risk-world-heritage-kathmandu.html
As 2021 comes to a close, we can now reflect on NPS international activities over the past year. While in-person exchanges continued to be rare due to the ongoing global pandemic, we supported scores of direct, virtual connections with foreign counterparts and reached thousands of colleagues. We hope for continued engagement in the New Year to come.
One of our oldest #worldheritage #juniorrangers hails from France, who sent us seasons greetings and updated us on the many #usnationalparks that he's visited in his 70+years with photos of the badges and patches he's earned over the past 25 years visiting our national parks. All of us wish all of you a very happy holidays!
In celebration of our Office’s #60Anniversary we have asked recent @NPS retirees to share stories of their international experiences and what it meant to them personally and for their parks and visitors. Today we bring you the reminiscences of former #BlackCanyonoftheGunnisonNationalPark and #CurecantiNPS Superintendent Bruce Noble, who was contacted by the U.S. Embassy Belgrade in 2016 regarding his park’s interest in a #SisterPark relationship with #Serbia's #taranationalpark, since both parks are organized around prominent canyon features and have common management issues. With assistance from U.S. Ambasador to Serbia Kyle Scott, Superintendent Noble flew to Serbia in 2017 to participate in a sister park arrangement signing ceremony with Tara National Park Director Dragić Karaklić. He spent several days exploring Tara National Park, located along the banks of the #DrinaRiver in eastern Serbia. In addition to the incredible natural beauty of the Tara region, the park is known for its efforts to protect the local #brownbear population and Bruce was able to learn about the challenges in protecting an animal that is still hunted across the river in a neighboring country. The following year Bruce had the privilege to host several Serbians at #blackcanyonnps, providing them with an in-depth introduction to the park and park staff to learn more about specialized aspects of park management. His Serbian counterparts returned home with a desire to send some of their staff from Tara back to Black Canyon. Bruce found it is fascinating to have the opportunity to learn how two national parks in two different countries share management challenges that are similar in some cases and, in other cases, unique to each park. He found the experience hugely gratifying to play some small part in sharing the American national park idea with national park colleagues in Serbia. Bruce retired from #NPS in December of 2019.