Conservation Group Forms "National Parks Second Century Commission" to Plan for Future





Former Senators Howard H. Baker, Jr. (R–TN) and J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. (D–LA) yesterday announced the formation of the National Parks Second Century Commission, a first-in-a-generation effort to examine the national parks today and chart a vision for their future.


“More than one hundred years ago America invented the national park idea with the designation of Yellowstone as the first national park,” said Commission Co-Chair Senator Baker, former Senate Majority Leader. “Guided by that founding idea, this Commission will examine the role of the national parks today and articulate a bold vision of a future where national parks continue to enrich and ennoble this nation and its citizens.”


The Commission is made up of close to 30 national leaders, experts and thinkers drawn from a broad range of backgrounds, including scientists, historians, conservationists, academics, business leaders, policy experts, and retired National Park Service executives.


“Never before has a group of this caliber, independent and non-partisan, convened to conduct a comprehensive examination of the state of the national parks today, and their potential for the future,” said Commission Co-Chair Senator Johnston, former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. “I’m honored to serve with my colleague Senator Baker, and this extraordinary group of Commissioners.”...



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